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1During the late 1960’s, African-Americans across the country rallied around the leadersof the Civil Rights Movement to fight against segregation and oppression of black people. WhenDr. King Jr., the crusader of the Civil Rights Movement, was assassinated on 4th April 1968, theworld stood bewildered. On the same day, Robert F. Kennedy was on the campaign trail seekingthe 1968 Democratic presidential nomination. While on his flight to Indianapolis, where he wasscheduled to give his next campaign speech that evening, Kennedy was familiarized of theunfortunate events that had taken place in Memphis, Tennessee (Vohra 1). Rather than taking thesafer option and merely canceling the campaign as the local police suggested, Kennedy gave animpromptu speech to a mostly African-American crowd in the heart of their ghetto in the city ofIndianapolis in which he announced the tragic news. Even though the police chief in the areawarned Kennedy of riots following the speech, none happened in Indianapolis as they did inother major cities around the country (Boomhower 2). In spite of the brevity and improvisednature of the speech, Kennedy was able to carry on Dr. King’s message through a plenitude ofrhetorical devices and effectively quell an emotionally agitated public in hopes of keeping theUnited States united.
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  • Fall '07
  • NICHOLAS,CHERYLL
  • John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy

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