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Robert F Kennedy's Speech on Martin Luther Kings death

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Robert F. Kennedy When Robert F. Kennedy heard about Martin Luther King Jr's death, he had just arrived in Indianapolis. Despite dangers to himself, he decided to have his campaign rally in one of the African-American ghettos. After he told the crowd the horrible news, which they did not know of already, he told the crowd that they should not give into the anger and want revenge, but follow the path of Martin Luther King, and work for peace, because he had felt like they did now, because someone in his family was also killed by a white man. He quoted the great Greek poet Aeschylus: He also spoke about how we could choose to not cooperate with each other, and be divided, or work together and make the United States of America a better place to live in. Quoting from the speech: "What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black"(Kennedy,1) I think we can all agree that this is what Martin Luther King's whole message was, that we need to set aside all of our differances and work together for a better future. CREDITS



Robert F. Kennedy's Speech
on the Death
Martin Luther King Jr. By: Sriram Hariharan and
Blake Medlin Our story begins on April 4th, 1968, when Martin Luther King Jr, the great Civil rights activist was assasinated in his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray. The Death of Martin Luther King Errr... anyway.....when Martin Luther King was pronounced dead later that day, the word spread till it reached the ears of Robert F. Kennedy, the New York Senator campaigning to be the Democratic Presidential Nominee, and the brother of the late John F. Kennedy. "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God." THE SPEECH- Robert F. Kennedy
on the Death of Martin Luther King
DATE GIVEN- April 4th 1968
WHERE- Indianapolis, Indiana I think that the purpose of the speech was to persuade the listeners to follow Martin Luther King's way and listen to peace. It was also to tell the listeners that if people worked together, no matter what color, they could make the world a better place. Pictures Video of Robert Kennedy saying the Speech
. "Robert F Kennedy on Martin Luther King's death." The History Place. N.p.. Web. 13 Dec 2012. <http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/rfk-mlk.htm>.


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"Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)." Eleanor Roosevelt papers. <http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/mep/displaydoc.cfm?docid=erpn-rfk>.

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Robert F Kennedy announces death of Martin Luther King Jr.. 2008. Video. YoutubeWeb. 13 Dec 2012. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyCWV_N0EsM>. Robert F. Kennedy Speech On The Assassination Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. N.d. robertfkennedy.netWeb. 13 Dec 2012. <http://www.robertfkennedy.net/mlkdeathspeech.htm>.

Martin Luther King Jr. on the balcony where he was shot. N.d. news.bbc.co.ukWeb. 13 Dec 2012. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/4/newsid_2453000/2453987.stm>.
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