Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Speech about Martin Luther King


Historian Ray Boomhower joins us to analyze the famous speech given by RFK in Indianapolis, on hearing about the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. It’s one of the most famous and touching speeches in modern American history, and is usually credited with keeping Indianapolis calm in the wake of that horrible tragedy. We talk about the background to the speech, what else contributed to Indianapolis’ peaceful reaction to what happened, and what part it played in the race for the 1968 Democratic Presidential Nomination. Listen and be inspired.

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Ray Boomhower, Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary (2017).

This compelling book reveals what brought Robert Kennedy to Indiana on April 4, 1968, and details the story behind his famous speech remembering Martin Luther King. It also explores the characters and events of the 1968 Indiana Democratic presidential primary in which the underdog Kennedy had a decisive victory.



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