Kelly Moriarty Moriarty 1 Com 121-1211 Mr.Walentis 22 Sep 2017 The Greatest Eulogy in History The crowd ’ s cheers vibrated through the walls of the flatbed truck. Robert F. Kennedy stood in front of hundreds of African Americans at the corner of 17 th and Broadway in Indianapolis. The date was April 4 th , 1968, and he was about to deliver one of the most important speeches in history. Martin Luther King had just been assassinated, and unbeknownst to Kennedy at the time, but this would be widely considered King ’ s eulogy. Kennedy ’ s team ad- vised him not to embrace the crowd, and to abandon this stop on the tour. Fear of violence due to the news of the assassination, did not keep Kennedy from doing the right thing though. Robert Kennedy ’ s decision to stand up in a time of fear and hardship to honor one of the greatest civil rights activists in the world was a very courageous thing to do. In 1968, tension between Caucasians and African Americans was at an all-time high in America. African American ’ s were being segregated from caucasian people. Signs identi- fied which water fountains were for black people, and which were for white people. This segre- gation led to race riots all across America in major cities. Martin Luther King was a man that of- fered such peace and hope for equality. He stood for peace among all people, regardless of race, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic standings. The Atlanta Inquirer recalls that Kennedy re- membered King as a man that “ dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human be- ings ” (Atlanta Inquirer 1998). The sudden assassination of this beacon of hope was sure to abso- lutely devastate those who were looking to him to help fix the racial tension and establish equal rights for blacks. Being that he was campaigning for the presidency, Kennedy found out about
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