In 1983, Senator Edward M. Kennedy traveled to the eastern Kentucky counties of Letcher and Floyd during a survey on hunger in America. He was accompanied by fellow Democrat Carl D. Perkins, a member of the US House of Representatives from Kentucky's 7th Congressional District who had built a legacy of support for the underprivileged.
This hearing in Neon, Kentucky took place on November 23, 1983 and was documented by filmmaker Anne Lewis. The "camera original" videotape from which this excerpt was taken was transferred by the Appalshop Archive. To learn more about the Appalshop Archive's efforts to preserve and improve access to its audiovisual collections, visit the Archive website.
For a rememberance of Senator Kennedy's visit to Eastern Kentucky: