Robert Luther King Speech Analysis

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Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s remarks on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was a very persuasive and effective speech. The speech was delivered on April 4th, 1968 in Indianapolis Indiana. The speech was given on the same evening that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Also, the speech was delivered during the 1968 presidential election; Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was on the campaign trail initially making a routine campaign stop (NPR, “Robert Kennedy: Delivering News of King’s Death). Despite being warned not to make the speech by the city’s police, Kennedy went on to make the speech, without police escort, on a flatbed truck. The crowd, largely black, were unaware of the assassination of Dr. King. In this respect, it was very necessary for Kennedy to deliver his remarks on the death of Dr. King. The 1960s, and particularly the year 1968, was a historic time period in the United States. The decade was filled with social movements advocating for the end of the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the beginnings of civil rights, human rights, and youth culture. Dr. King, and the platform for which he advocated, was no stranger to American citizens, including Senator Robert Kennedy. The two shared a working relationship known to the public, documented in pictures and news reports. For example, in October of 1960, Dr. King was arrested in Georgia, after participating in a lunch counter sit-in demonstration. Kennedy, Attorney General at the

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