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A Piece Of Trivia As We Observe 50 Years Since Death Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 5, 2018

While reading about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., a man some historians correctly call “a new founding father’, I came across this slice of trivia.

On the road in Indianapolis, Robert F. Kennedy, who was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, learned about King’s murder from R.W. Apple Jr. of the New York Times.

But this next line is what I had not known before.

Wearing an overcoat that had belonged to his brother Jack  RFK broke the news to an inner-city crowd.

“What we need in the United States,” he said, “is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness; but is love and wisdom and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”

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