Al Hirschfeld 1903-2003
Keep Hope Alive
In July 1969, a full-page advertisement in the Sunday NY Times posed a request to the American public:
Hold onto this page for 1 year and hope and pray it’s ended.
The hopeful ad appeared one year after the assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, and 6 years after the shooting of President John Kennedy.
The copy reads:
The trouble is hoping and praying isn’t enough. Violence won’t end unless you’re willingto start the ending.
I have held onto to this yellowing page for 47 years; the hope for the end of gun violence nearly extinguished.
In the wake of Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the Senate still can’t take small steps to curb gun violence.
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