Lesson 3 Assignment RFK’s Remarks on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The night that Robert Kennedy gave a speech on Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination was supposed to be an occasion to open his campaign headquarters in Indianapolis. The location of the speech was to be at the Broadway Christian Center targeted at a mostly African American crowd in hopes to increase voter registration (Boomhower, 2008). The news of Kings death did not give Kennedy much time to prepare a speech, but the demographics and news that was to be delivered had an impact of his Rhetorical choices to speak to an audience that was mostly lower income African Americans. The size was not really known since it was a dark evening that was not well lit as the speech took place on the back of a flatbed truck, but was thought to range between one and three thousand (Boomhower, 2008). The large size of the audience and the lack of heterogeneity should have put some distance between Kennedy and the crowd for a more formal speech as
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