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The day we were most frustrated about not being able to post was the day of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. We recall the words of Senator Robert Kennedy. Scheduled to speak to a crowd in a largely black neighborhood, the crowd was not aware that Dr. King had been assassinated. The police were concerned and refused to accompany Robert Kennedy into the neighborhood. There had already been riots across the land. Kennedy went into that neighborhood virtually alone, and speaking from the heart and without notes, reminded the crowd that his own brother had been assassinated just a few years before by a white man as well. Robert Kennedy calmed Indianapolis, Indiana, and showed just what an amazing man he was. There were riots across the nation, but not in Indianapolis that night.
It was in many ways, his finest hour.
Even in our sleep
pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon on the heart
until in our own despair
against our will
comes wisdom through the grace of God.
Robert Kennedy, quoting the poet Aeschylus; April 4, 1968.
Click HERE for the You Tube video of Bobby Kennedy speaking to the crowd.
Right when the video starts before you see anything, you hear Bobby Kennedy asking an aide "do they know about Martin Luther King?"
We watch this video and listen to those words and we can't help but be overcome by sadness. These are words of a true leader. It's 1968. The worst of Vietnam is still ahead of us. You can't help but feel "What might have been" had Bobby Kennedy not been gunned down two months later.
Anyway, it's good to be back.
See you in Court.