Are you talking about Robert Kennedy or John F. Kennedy? Both are remembered as being in favour of the Civil Rights Movement, but both took a very political approach. At that time, Congress and the Democratic Party had a lot of conservative Southerners who were opposed to Civil Rights legislation. Since he needed their support on other issues, JFK was cautious about strongly supporting Civil Rights, but twice had to use federal military involvement to enforce integration on college campuses. Actually, Robert Kennedy was a lot more vocal and did quite a bit more for Civil Rights than JFK, probably because he could afford to, and also because as Attorney General, he was aware of the FBI's suspicion of Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. Bobby Kennedy developed a strong relationship with King and worked with him on Civil Rights throughout the mid 1960's.