40 years ago, today
April 4 Kennedy/King Memorial Activities
INDIANAPOLIS – Friday, April 4 – Making the Dream a Reality: Our Commitment to Peace and Non-Violence. Various activities to commemorate Sen. Robert Kennedy 1968 speech in Indianapolis the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Youth events from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 5:00 p.m., IPS #27, 545 East 19th Street and adjacent Peace Monument at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Following the memorial activities, free public premiere of Kennedy/King documentary “A Ripple of Hope” at 7:30 p.m., Madame Walker Theatre on Indiana Avenue followed by a panel discussion. For more event information, please call (317) 232-9874.
Check out this NPR story that was on NPR today. Be sure to click on the “Listen Now” link.
Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis that day campaigning for the Democratic nomination for President. Here is how a journalist described that campaign, marking the 25th anniversary of Kennedy’s assasination.
Visiting Indian reservations, campaigning for Cesar Chavez, talking to children in Appalachia, pledging himself to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with blacks in their crusade for equal rights, he had an ability, rare in a glib and shallow trade, to convey real compassion. Often words would fail him and he would run them together or just move his mouth while nothing came out. Sometimes he would cry.
Going Down Jericho Road
…if we are going to get equality, and get adequate wages, we are going to have to struggle for it, we are going to have to escalate the struggle a little bit.”–Martin Luther King, Memphis, 1968.
For a great read and context about the road that led Martin Luther King to Memphis, check out Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign.