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A large number attend 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

April 05, 2018 08:36 AM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
INDIANAPOLIS: A large number of attendees thronged the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Park, Landmark for Peace, here on freezing Wednesday on the occasion of 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. It is Kennedy King Memorial Initiative whose purpose is to educate, provoke thought and dialogue, and motivate actions that eliminate division and promote justice and respect between all people.
Among those present on the occasion were Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Senator Joe Donnelly and Senator Todd Young, Congresswoman from 5th District Susab Brooks, Congressman from 7th District Andre Carson, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, RKF Human Rights President Kerry Kennedy, Congressman from Georgia's 5th District John Lewis and Reverend Tom Brown.
The program began with welcome and introduction by Andrea Morehead, Eyewitness News Anchor, WTHR-13.
Governor Holcomb said "Today at the Kennedy King 50th Anniversary Commemoration, we gathered to remember when our nation mourned the loss of the great Martin Luther King, Jr.
We also remembered how Robert F. Kennedy united our city with a message of love for each other and for our country.
Kennedy’s words are still true today: “What we need in the United States is not hatred. What we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness but love and wisdom and compassion toward one another and a feeling of justice towards those who still suffer.”
It may be recalled that on the night Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, Robert F Kennedy was in Indianapolis in connection with his election campaign for Presdency. Despite advice by his team campaign and city officials, Kennedy went to the urban park at 17th and Broadway to address the crowd.
He delivered a heartbreaking message that King had died from an assassin's bullet earlier that day. Kennedy urged the crowd to follow King's example, to respond to this act of violence with love, wisdom and compassion. Indianapolis remained calm, as Kennedy's legendary speech reverberated across the city into the hearts of many. But as many urban centers descended into riots that night.

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