I showed this short video in my class today for many reasons aside from it being Black History month. Not many people are aware of Robert F. Kennedy’s speech on April 4, 1968, as he stood on the back of a flat-bed truck. it will forever go down in history as one of the most poignant, unscripted speeches to a crowd of supporters that had yet unheard the tragic news that Dr. King had been shot.
I say that all kids should see this for the part where Senator Kennedy speaks about his brother, hatred, and revenge (about halfway through, “I too had a brother that was killed…”). I know my kids were moved as were some of the teachers I showed it to as well.
Both Dr. King and Senator Kennedy spoke in a manner that vindicated and became yet another watershed moment in American civil rights history in which the brotherhood of empathy and peace, respect and understanding, overcame with such a loud voice all the hate, and the negativity, and irresponsibility that divides us.