Monday, December 31, 2007

RFK's Indianapolis speech

In Chapter 4 of Things Done and left Undone, I quoted from Robert F. Kennedy's April 4, 1968 speech in Indianapolis, in which he had to announce the death of Martin Luther King, jr. For me, it's one of the most moving speeches I've ever heard. YouTube has at least three videos of the speech: the first has original footage, which cuts off at the middle. The sound quality isn't good, but it gives you a feel of the atmosphere. A second video, which has Italian subtitiles, has better sound quality and more of the speech, but also contains audio of RFK's assassination. A third video plays the entire speech, but features a photomontage instead of video from the scene, which, in my opinion, doesn't really work.

5 comments:

Lisa said...

I've never seen that speech before. I can't even explain how it made me feel to hear it for the first time.

Sustenance Scout said...

I'm saving it for later today when the house is a bit more quiet, Steve. I have a feeling I'll need some time to really listen and take it all in. Thanks so much for the links. K.

Julie said...

The immediacy of the emotion communicates so strongly. Thanks for including this.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've heard this speech quoted many times. It's a good one.

Sustenance Scout said...

Finally took the time to view all these clips. Thanks so much, Steve. Can't help but wonder how different the world would be now had MLK, RFK and JFK survived the 60s. Imperfect, I'm sure, but how much farther might we have come? K.