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by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

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Much More Dignified Than Today’s Political Anger


Robert Kennedy at Indianapolis – April 04, 1968



It was 42-years ago last night that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

I was only 7-years old at the time and a 2nd grader at Sacred Heart School in Effingham.  I vaguely can recall watching an evening news bulletin about the assassination.  I remember feeling sad and scared.


Sweet And Appropriate:  Late on the evening of April 04, 1968, U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, then a presidential candidate, delivered a wonderfully eloquent impromptu address to political supporters in Indianapolis who had not yet received word of Dr. King’s death.


Soundbite – Sen. Robert Kennedy:




What we need in the United States 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 love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country . . . .

Robert F. Kennedy



Two months later, Senator Kennedy also fell victim to an assassin’s bullet in Los Angeles.



But, Kennedy’s spirit lives on, counseling us to turn our backs on angry political rhetoric.




Scott Ealy



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April 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm