Robert F Kennedy Announcing The Death Of Martin Luther King – A Great Speech


I have some very sad news for all of you,
and I think sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over
the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love
and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it’s perhaps well to ask
what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black considering the evidence evidently is, there were white, people who were responsible you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country,
in greater polarization black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with
hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand
and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across
our land, with an effort to understand, compassion and love. For those of you who are black and are tempted
to fill with-be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all
white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of
feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United
States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond and go beyond these rather difficult times. My favorite poem, my favorite poet was Aeschylus.
He once wrote: “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the
heart, until, in our own de-despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” 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 is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, feeling of
justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black. (Applause) We can do well in this country. We will have
difficult times. We’ve had difficult times in the past. And we will-we will have difficult
times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it’s not the end of disorder. But the vast majority of white people and
the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve
the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land. With- (Interrupted by applause) Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks
wrote so many years ago: “To tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say
a prayer for our country and for our people. Thank you very much. (Warm Applause)

100 thoughts on “Robert F Kennedy Announcing The Death Of Martin Luther King – A Great Speech

  1. I didn't know about that monument. That's really awesome.

  2. This man being white, went into the heart of the ghetto, housing projects across the street, surrounded by black people, stood in the their midst against the wishes of his advisers and told the people that MLK was assassinated. Damn! We can't even get black politicians to come to our neighborhoods, yet this man delivered one of the greatest impromptu speeches ever at what was probably the most turbulent time in US history.

  3. This man and MLK embodied courage, honor, wisdom, respect, morals, honesty, intelligence, fairness, integrity, ethics.
    We have sunk so, so very low. RIP MLK, RIP RFK.

  4. Typical politician speech. Be everything to everyone and make lots of promises you cannot keep.

  5. He was also one of the lead attorneys on McCarthy's team. However, his stance on all this began to change over the course of the 60's leading up to his assassination when he became a senator for NY and began supporting the union worker strikes in California. You should watch Netflix's "Bobby Kennedy For President" Mini Docu-series. Obviously it glamorizes him, being that it was released on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, but I think you may still find it worthwhile to watch.

  6. I had no knowledge of that monument. It looks amazing. If only they had lived…

  7. I wanted him as President.. Sadly, we have not learned yet about the dangers, of our obsession with guns and the divisions today will only lead to an end of society.. We came together in the past and learned how to coexist and accept the differences! Wars and violence gets us nowhere ✌

  8. I've always loved the character of RFK. I'm not even a liberal. Hell, I'm not even an American. But his life, his character, his actions, have always impressed me (much more than his brother). Just like this speech. I wish Americans today heard these words, understood it, and I don't think that makes me naive. I'm not glorifying the dude, even if many others have since then. I'm not a fan of the Kennedy's (poor Ted :D). I just think he really deserves it. The fact that he wasn't a self-made man doesn't matter, shouldn't matter. The way he handled his campaign had panache. He wasn't a shallow, cowardly piece of shit like most politicians. He was a tragic figure, but I think he would have been a positive force as a politician (as much as it is possible). His other speech we hear at the end of Bobby was brilliant (what a great voice).

  9. I'm 72 and back "then" his beliefs made sense…I want to weep for what could have been…. not quickly, we know that's not how it works… but the opening…

  10. 3million views on this video and 100million views on meaningless other videos….

  11. This is without any doubt one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century.

  12. I was 7 years old when RFK delivered this Speach from his heart-not withstanding the sadness of Dr. Kings assisination. At age 7, I knew we all had to look at the good in each person ,4 the good they do-not the bad. best So try to do for your mind,body,and spirit and let that shine out of you, each person you come you across,examle "telamarkerters" as every time I am about 2 sleep or in the shower—thier they call. Why…to make $ to go 2 school,improve their personal life, and 4 many—create their idea of the American dream. Rest in Peace Bobby!

  13. Abraham, Martin And John
    Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham,

    Can you tell me where he's gone?

    He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young

    But I just looked around and he's gone.

    Has anybody here seen my old friend John,

    Can you tell me where he's gone?

    He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young

    But I just looked around and he's gone.

    Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin,

    Can you tell me where he's gone?

    He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young

    But I just looked around and he's gone.

    Didn't you love the things they stood for?

    Didn't they try to find some good for you and me?

    And we'll be free,

    Someday soon it's gonna be one day.

    Has anybody here seen my old friend Bobby,

    Can you tell me where he's gone?

    I thought I saw him walkin' up over the hill

    With Abraham, Martin and John

  14. This hurts more than the murder of his brother…and I didn’t think that was possible. He was a beacon of hope! A real person who recognized real problems within our country 😔😔😔😢

  15. He was shot in my old high schools theater, don’t believe me? Search up RFK Community Schools. This man was the dare I say, “white Martin Luther King”. May god be with RFK, JFK Martin Luther King and all the people who were trying to seek peace among our nation.

  16. I’ve listened and watched this speech many times. Tonight my eyes well up with sadness at what could have been had three very brave men survived to continue the fight for the betterment of man.. The other aspect of the poignancy is that 50 years later, these words are as relevant as ever. Those that challenge the status quo and pay for it with their lives are heroes and those that pick up the baton and soldier on are angels. RIP JFK MLK and RFK ✌🏻

  17. He reminds me of my grandfather, He commands respect without asking for it and if time came he would have had millions ready to go to war behind him.

    Don't get mad get even RFK 🤙🏾🇺🇲

  18. I totally respect this man for saying "black" and not using the "N" word many others would call us back during that time.

  19. This is the quality of people we need in Washington. Where did we go wrong?

  20. My eyes fill with tears when I hear these comforting words. Two great losses in 1968. We can hardly imagine what both of these men would have accomplished in their lives. We must all remember to carry their torches in an effort to achieve equality, love and compassion for one another. RIP MLK and RK 👼

  21. There will never be in America, such greater, men as Martian L King, Robert Kennedy, and John Kennedy.

  22. once upon a time, there actually were Democrats worthy of our admiration. Robert Kennedy was one such man

  23. Awesome speech. The nation robbed of great men. Rest Easy Martin Luther King Jr and Robert. F Kennedy

  24. The greedy people that make millions of dollars on war and violence hate people like Robert Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that talk about peace.

  25. मार्टिन लुथर किंग ग्रेट

  26. they divided us as black and white… but we've already been divided Ourselves ………………….. #WakeupBharat ||||||

  27. Out of over 3 million just over 700 dislikes that give us hope…………………………Peace All x

  28. I was a small kid living in Sweden when MLK was murdered. I rememer my mum was very upset and I could not understand why anyone would want to kill MLK.
    Somehow he had manage to spread his message to me, a small 5 year old kid living on the other side of the globe.
    I saw on TV that he was shot on a balcony and I was chocked.
    I also rememer pictures from the funeral, his wife and children in the church. I understood that a catastrophy had happened.

  29. I'm south african i love America but America is soo powerful but they use their power to corrupt the world they claim to be freedom loving people yet they are bombing Afghanistan each and every day they side with powerful Israel rather than defend the oppressed Palestinians. Lord help the world.

  30. The Democratic Party is no longer the party of Bobby Kennedy. Hasn't been for a long time.

  31. 51 years later, I still grieve the loss of these two men.

  32. Fuck all the Republicans and Democrats. Give me another RFK.

  33. We are an embarrassment! Our children should have us wiped off the planet for letting these men die and going silent. our children will be slaves to the vampires. Free and brave? Where???

  34. They say u.s. evil. Not everyone is just take a chance on people and ull see theres potential in this beautiful soil.. U.S.A
    If dnt u fuck u

  35. today is 16th July 2019 …and I still find this speech relevant more than ever.

  36. The vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country, want to live together. want to improve our quality of life, and want justice for all human beings who abide in our land

  37. Kenedy administration commented two crimes like génocides lumumba and Martin luter King?

  38. Really Washington DC administration is hall blacks man ennemis together.

  39. Greatest speech I’ve ever heard…apart from anything Christ spoke

  40. John, Bobby and Martin, what a great world we would have today

  41. How did the quality and virtues for our leaders decline over the past 5 decades? What direction is our country leading towards?

  42. Now we have a multi bankrupt/reality star/Pussy grabber in the Oval Office. Lol.

  43. This man should have lived. He was an American fuckinh hero for godsake

  44. He was a humanitarian worker and racist hater. He was signed a good leadership for humanity and against racism affect.

  45. MLK was a sellout. Just another pawn/tool for the masses.

    Back then, the ingredients so powerful, you’ll think its full of honour and dignity.

    But now, there’s no need such program, we have lighter version of brainwashing/propaganda to distract/sway masses from reality.

    Take a look at Michael Jackson.
    The reason he and JFK dead was the same reason.
    They both turn their back from their masters.

    Good luck, there is hope if you look beyond.

  46. I am honored to share MLKJr's B-day.
    Awesome monument to martyrs of Christ.

  47. Amazing Character! Amen to the Kennedy for their heroic and an amazing example of fellowship and humanity ! Greatly appreciated.

  48. Amazing Speech!!!! Amazing character R.I.P to him and his great brother J.F Kennedy . Long live the Kennedy!

  49. I feel i should travel to see his grave and convey my greetings to him.

  50. Yo, let the words speak for themselves, the melodramatic soundtrack is grossly insulting

  51. Truer words never spoken, and yet, there are those still amongst us that will cause division for their own power and glory and not for the good of everyone .

  52. All of the gains this country had made since this time. The pride that I felt as a white man that I had the privilage and honor of voting and electing a black man President. All of it undone by Donald Trump. There will be blood before this is all finished.

  53. What happened to great men like this; empathetic, well spoken leaders of men?

  54. He was killed in turn two months later , this proved that the Devil governs in these United States and justice is just a shit of motto !!!!!

  55. Great speech and intention, but it's safe to say 50 plus years later, there hasn't been any change.

  56. God Bless Martin Luther King….incredible intestinal fortitude,….love Martin Luther King…

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