L03 Assignment.docx - Taiylor Baumgardner CAS100C Lesson 3 Assignment On April 4th 1968 Robert F Kennedy broke the news to a majority African-American

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Taiylor Baumgardner CAS100C Lesson 3 Assignment On April 4 th , 1968, Robert F. Kennedy broke the news to a majority African-American crowd from the back of a flatbed truck that Martin Luther King Jr. had been killed (Stack, 2018). He was supposed to be giving a speech regarding his attempt to gain the Democratic nomination for president, but “scrapped his prepared remarks after hearing that King had been killed” (Stack, 2018). The demographics of the crowd of this speech was majority African-American, and many of the members had not heard the news of the assassination, so there was a heavy chance of a riot breaking out. Because of this, Kennedy was going to have to balance the news of the tragedy with a call for an end to the violence. He navigated these rough waters by initially breaking the news of the death, and then immediately asking them to “make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.” There also
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