Archive for January 18th, 2010

Robert F. Kennedy Announces The Death Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 18th, 2010

On April 4, 1968, during his presidential campaign, Robert F. Kennedy visited Indianapolis, Indiana. As he prepared to enter the speaker’s stand (a podium set on a flatbed trailer), he learned of the death of Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. His prepared speech no longer relevant, he commiserated with the inner-city crowd, calling for reconciliation instead of violence. Although there were over fifty riots after King’s death, there were none in Indianapolis, which is mainly credited to Bobby Kennedy’s speech. Found at YouTube from mortyfinkle.

Civil Rights-Era Video Montage

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The description at YouTube from BBCMotionGalleryNYLA: The footage you are about to see is unforgettable, even unimaginable.

Both BBC News and CBS News extensively covered the American Civil Rights movement, from the 1955-1956 Montgomery bus boycott to the student-led sit-ins of the 1960s to the huge March on Washington in 1963. Rare footage includes Freedom Summer, Malcolm X and Black Power, and the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

With a far-ranging selection of powerful, often wrenching images, our footage captures the danger, drama, and bravery of the civil rights movement. Visit the BBC Motion Gallery for more of this dramatic footage.

John F Kennedy’s Televised Address On Civil Rights

Monday, January 18th, 2010

President John F. Kennedy’s June 11, 1963 radio and television address to the American people on civil rights. Found at YouTube from MCamericanpresident.