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Robert F. Kennedy "On the Death of Martin Luther King". What message did Kennedy send...

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honey09 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM via web

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Robert F. Kennedy "On the Death of Martin Luther King". What message did Kennedy send to America in this speech?

In your opinion, have we "tamed the savageness of man and make gentle the life in this world?" Can you please add specific details to support your answer.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM (Answer #1)

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When Robert Kennedy spoke to a group of African Americans in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 4,1968, he announce the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  His message was one of reconciliation and peace.  He reminded them of what Dr. King stood for.  He told them that it would be easy for them to be filled with hate, bitterness, and rage toward all white men.  The message was for all people to try and achieve a peace with each other.  He asked us to work toward the vision that Dr. King worked for; a vision of unity and equality for all people.  He told them to go home and pray not just for Dr. King's family but to pray for America.  He asked all Americans 

"to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. "

Have we accomplished that?  I don't believe we have accomplished a less savage nation or world.  Look at the newspapers.  Last week a man in Tennessee walked into two homes and stabbed 6 people to death.  Last month a man went into a church and gunned down a doctor because he didn't like the choices that doctor had made in his life.  We are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and other areas of the world because we can't agree on religion.  This is not the world that Dr. King or Robert Kennedy spoke of.  This world is more violent today than it was in 1968.  We may have written more laws and people may have more individual freedoms, but are we less savage or more unified?  I don't believe we are.

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bellby | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2012 at 2:57 AM (Answer #2)

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i belive that he wanted everybody to get along and he wanted to make peace with whites and blacks.

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