"I have some very sad news for all of you..."
April 4, 2010 4:36 PM Subscribe
Someone had to break the news.
posted by timsteil (45 comments total)
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A great man died on this day. Robert F. Kennedy sat in silence when he heard. He was wearing JFK's old coat. After hearing the news, RFK got up and shared that news to a mostly African American rally in Indianapolis in 1968. Several thousand had gathered to get good spots, and had not heard. Once the word passed, more showed up armed and ready for chaos. Most left with tears in their eyes, and hugging their neighbor. The police wouldn't come within blocks of the rally site, and the Mayor was going to call out fire trucks to turn hoses on the gathering.
As he approached the old flatbed truck in the blackest part of Indy, his speechwriters tried to hand him scraps of papers with notes. He just waved at them and said. "I've got it."
Totally, off the cuff. Totally eloquent. A testimony ot the power of words.
As cities all over the country went up in flames Indy prayed for peace. There was no violence.
One of the most truly moving political speeches in the world, spoken not from talking points, but from a faithful heart.