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The youthful Robert Kennedy, beginning his road to the White House, drew a record audience for Impact Symposium 50 years ago. The backdrop to his speech—and the speeches of most symposium guests in the annual event’s early years—was a gigantic American flag, more than 150 feet long and weighing nearly 300 pounds. Stored for decades in the basement of Alumni Hall, this well-preserved flag recently resurfaced. At a Nov. 12 ceremony honoring veterans—and the significant contributions of Vanderbilt’s ROTC program—the flag was unfurled and refolded by volunteers, and deposited afterward in the Vanderbilt Libraries archives for preservation. (Vanderbilt Special Collections and University Archives)

Hope Shattered: Memories of a brief encounter with Robert Kennedy on campus

A little more than two months after he spoke to nearly 11,000 people at Vanderbilt’s 1968 student-led Impact Symposium, presidential hopeful Robert Kennedy was assassinated in California. Frye Gaillard writes about serveing as Impact’s chairman and Kennedy’s host at Vanderbilt.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (shown speaking to “black power” leader Stokely Carmichael)

Speak Up: MLK, Strom Thurmond and Others Put Impact on the Map 50 Years Ago

Vanderbilt celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Impact Symposium, an event that will always be remembered as one of the signature moments in the university’s history.