In 1967, Robert F. Kennedy was two years into his first term as a U.S. senator from New York. He wanted to carve out his own political identity and focus on issues he deeply cared about, one of which was poverty. At the time, the national poverty rate was around 19 percent, a rate unprecedented for the United States. Mississippi was the poorest state in the country and was rejecting most federal help. A debate raged in the nation on whether or not the state was doing enough to help the people who were hurting there. Robert F. Kennedy wanted to see for himself what was happening in the Mississippi Delta, and what he saw on the ground opened his eyes. Yahoo News National Correspondent Holly Bailey talks about how the Mississippi Delta is still struggling with poverty today.