Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

1617 Words Oct 24th, 2016 7 Pages
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed April 4th 1968, while in Memphis, Tennessee. The night of King’s death, Robert F. Kennedy addressed a rally between 17th and Broadway in Indianapolis, Indiana, informing them of King’s untimely passing. Kennedy, who had been in Indianapolis for the Democratic Presidential Nominations, went to the rally, which was set in the heart of Indianapolis’ African-American ghetto. Kennedy makes the claim to this captive audience, “we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond, or to go beyond these rather difficult times”. It is believed that due to Kennedy’s speech, Indianapolis was one of the only cities that did not riot due to King’s death. The reasons Robert F. Kennedy’s speech went over so well was due to Kennedy himself and due to the rhetorical figures, which he used to persuade the audience, to ask for love and peace rather then act out in violence and hatred. After receiving the news of King’s death, Kennedy decided to still attend a rally that he was told would be unsafe as it was located in Indianapolis’ African-American ghetto. Kennedy informed the audience, many who did not know, that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had passed. This news shocked and terrified the crowd, which is shown by the sudden shouting and gasps that came from the crowd. Kennedy, who attended numerous boarding schools and had been part of the United State’s Navy, approached the audience in a calm and impassioned tone. Kennedy used dictation but…

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