He gave a speech to the Voice of America all around the world 40 years ago. And despite what was going on in the country, particularly in Alabama, Bobby Kennedy said this: "Things are 'moving so fast in race relations a Negro could be president in 40 years."
This is in 1968, we're now in 2008.
"There's no question about it," the attorney general said. "In the next 40 years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has." ...Kennedy said that prejudice exists and probably will continue to ... "But we have tried to make progress and we are making progress. We are not going to accept the status quo."
- Robert F. Kennedy, Washington Post, May 27, 1968