Robert F. Kennedy Announcing Martin Luther King Jr.´s Death

Subject: Martin Luther King Jr. / Civil Rights Movement
Themes: Civil Rights 20th Century
Age groups: High School
Resource type: Video

In a moment of profound national grief and pain, Robert F. Kennedy, who had lost his own brother only five years early and would be assassinated himself within months, announces the death of Martin Luther King Jr. and recommends that people choose love over hate. He quotes these lines from Aeschylus, his favorite poet:

And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget

Falls drop by drop upon the heart,

And in our own despite, against our will,

Comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.