From Kerry Kennedy and the Robert F. Kennedy Center For Justice & Human Rights.
-ADY "A Regular Guy On The Issues"
I posted the following piece to the Huffington Post today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I wanted to share it with you.
Watching President Obama deliver his healing message to a nation in grief last week, I could not help but recall the words of Robert Kennedy on April 4, 1968.Flying from Muncie to Indianapolis in the midst of his presidential bid, my father was informed that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated.
Despite the warnings of danger by the mayor of Indianapolis, Richard Lugar, Robert Kennedy drove straight to the heart of the inner city to address a campaign rally organized by Freedom Rider, SNCC Chairman, and later, Member of Congress, John Lewis.
Arthur Schlesinger described the scene:
It was a cold, windy evening. People had been waiting in the street for an hour but were in a festive, political-rally mood. They had not heard about King. Kennedy climbed onto a flatbed truck in a parking lot under a stand of oak trees. The wind blew smoke and dust through the gleam of the spotlights. "He was up there," said Charles Quinn, a television correspondent, "hunched in his black overcoat, his face gaunt and distressed and full of anguish." He said, "I have bad news for you, for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and killed tonight." There was a terrible gasp from the crowd.
Click here to watch a video of Robert F. Kennedy's speech the day Martin Luther King, Jr. died.