Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere." MLK Jr.
Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther Kingó
Together Again, January 31, 2006
"Yes Free at Last, Free at Last,
Thank God Almighty - Free at Last."
Important: 2 months after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, Bobby Kennedy was himself assassinated. You are hearing Bobby Kennedy's announcement that Dr. King had been shot minutes earlier in Memphis, TN, to an audience he was addressing in his bid for the Presidency. By mistake I played Bobby Kennedy's announcement overlaid onto Dr. Kings famous "I have a Dream Speech" and I was blessed and surprised to see how many times the words of Dr. King in this speech cross related to Bobby Kennedy's words announcing his death. Hear for yourself by pressing play on both Windows Media Players one after the other. Because this page was loading too slowly I had to turn the auto play feature off so you will have to manually start both players below. Interesting synergy in their words. Great words from two great people. Steele Shepherd
February 1960 Men Protest White Only Counter in North Carolina
Dr. Kings I Have A Dream Speech
Robert Kennedy, announcing Dr. Kings Death at a Rally just 2 months before his own assassination
TEXT FROM BOBBY KENNEDY'S SPEECH WHEN ANNOUNCING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR'S DEATH
I have bad news for you, 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 killed tonight.
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice for his fellow human beings, and he died because of that effort.
In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is 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 there evidently is that there were white people who were responsible--you can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization--black people amongst black, white people amongst white, filled with hatred toward one another.
Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.
For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I 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 go beyond these rather difficult times.
My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: "In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own 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 or lawlessness; but 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 they be black.
So I shall ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, that's true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love--a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.
We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times; we've had difficult times in the past; we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is 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 who abide in our land.
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.
Two months later Robert Kennedy was shot dead. Richard Nixon was elected president that November and would later be impeached, with Gerald Ford assuming his Presidency. Kennedy - King - Kennedy, what the KKK should have stood for and might have if these men had not been cut down. They were our new KKK.