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Robert Kennedy Draws on Empathy to Lift MLK MournersPenn State World Campus
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an important figurehead in the American Civil RightsMovement, was assassinated on April 4, 1968. During one of the most tumultuous periods in20th century American history, he was revered by the black population as the lead crusader forthe fight against segregation and oppression of black people. He likewise had many whitesupporters in progressive parts of America, sharing his vision for a more inclusive, equitablenation. Dr. King publicly fought for equal rights, leading marches and giving speeches across thecountry, and inspiring those to whom he spoke. As the representative and mouthpiece forprogress for the black population, his assassination came as a shock and left his followers feelingdevastated, angry, and helpless. Robert F. Kennedy was on his way to Indianapolis to give acampaign speech when he learned of Dr. King’s assassination. He chose to use this constraint asan opportunity to address the distraught and disrupted King followers and offer a message ofunity and hope.