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Robert F Kennedy Announcing The Death Of Martin Luther King – A Great Speech

December 29, 2019 - Latest News
Robert F Kennedy Announcing The Death Of Martin Luther King – A Great Speech



April 4th, 1968 Martin Luther King was shot and killed.

On that night, Robert F Kennedy, New York’s senator back then, wanted to deliver the news to the people of Indianapolis, IN

Local police warned him, they won’t be able to provide protection if the people wold riot because he was in the heart of the African-American ghetto.

He wrote his notes on his ride and started the speech without any drafts or prewritten words before his assistance would give him their proposed draft.

This speech was delivered on a back of a Flatbed truck.

Although all major cities had riots, Indianapolis remained calm after RFK’s speech

63 days after this speech, RFK got assassinated.

I reproduced the video, creating this version after adding the above mentioned details to it, so the speech can be put into context for everyone who watches it.

The reason I labeled it as “The Greatest Speech Ever” was simply the fact that it was never written, it wasn’t read from a piece of paper, while there are numerous speeches that are life-changing and timeless, they were almost all written and thought of much more than this one. This one was only written in his heart.

The speech:

I have some very sad news for all of you, and I think sad news 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 was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it’s perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in.

For those of you who are black – considering the evidence evidently is, there were white people who were responsible – you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.

We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization – black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion and love.

For those of you who are black and are tempted to fill-be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond and go beyond these rather difficult times.

My favorite poem, my favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own de-despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

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, feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.

(Applause)

We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We’ve had difficult times in the past. And we will-we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it’s not the end of disorder.

But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.

With-

(Interrupted by applause)

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Thank you very much. (Applause)

Robert F. Kennedy – April 4, 1968

31 thoughts on “Robert F Kennedy Announcing The Death Of Martin Luther King – A Great Speech

matter

The American president spoke to the American people, it was his duty.

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Erato IsYourMuse

My mother, who was 8 when this happened, remembers waking up to her parents reading the paper and shaking their heads sadly. My grandmother told her "The world has lost a great man today." And this was in Canada.

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Astronomy Domine

the US' Colosio
Mexico lived this in the 90s

now, we see havoc still reigning.
independence mever achieved. to this day we are still ruled by warlords.

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Dylan J Trump

Background music ruins it!

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Kevin Zhang

He really was killed for a dumbass reason. MLK and JFK too…

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F Jr II

good men will never lived longer and that's why they all dies.. what a great and love speech was this

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Sean Baca

From this eloquent, compassionate speech to what we have now…. a goon who insults dead combat POW veterans.
How far have we fallen….☹

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Beatrice Nkundwa

It is hard to reach eternity. The most important thing is to come close to eternal life.

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jasadiaplayz assanah

The Kennedys were great soldiers

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Spruce Tree Whisperer HydroGeneration

Christmas 2019
Watching this and crying.
It's so beautiful
Love is so beautiful

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quishia

This saddens my heart. Those that want to do right bring shame to America and those that don’t do right bring praise to America. This world is so backwards.

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ND7652

I can't even IMAGINE ANY US POLITICAL LEADER SPEAKING LIKE THIS TODAY !!!

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Winston Churchill

This is how you unite people. Today politicians talk about unity but their methodology creates more division.

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Marcy Brown

I was in high school when this happened. JFK, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King all at the same period of time. It was shocking and heartbreaking.

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Alex Brook

This was truly brave!!!

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Paulette Little

They all died rite behind each other John f Kennedy Martin Luther king and then Robert gets killed after them wow

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Randy Lowe

What soundtrack is in the background?

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Dalia Lule

He was the best best president i never had. If he was alive today,, i strongly believe that i wouldnt have been living in poverty today. I wouldve had a job and axeducation if rfk was alive today. 😭

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PSYNKO5

who put drums and strings in the bacc ? eat a turd bro

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Vsm Yu

The deep state has killed all the greatmen of America and probably influenced the death of others in the world.

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Jay G

MAGA❤️🇺🇸

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Kurt Paul

If the white man don't get his shit together soon these speeches of regret and hypocrisy will not stop the carnage Stop killing the other peoples of the world people before you become an endangered species overnight

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Kristen

😭 Dr King died for peace and equality. We're still not there.

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Ann Blakney

His name was Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING..ty

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Joseph Moran

If only Donald Trump was like this guy.

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8Shadow1

RIP one of the great

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Tito Brozzi

The US is the Great Nation of Injustice

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GAN0R0

Matthew Rys should pay him if they ever make a biopic or something.

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