On April 4, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., arrived in Indiana tocampaign for the Indiana Democratic presidential primary. As Kennedy prepared to flyfrom an appearance in Muncie to Indianapolis, he learned that civil rights leaderDr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been shot outside his hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.Before his plane landed in Indianapolis, Kennedy heard the news that King had died.Despite warnings from Indianapolis police that they could not guarantee his safety, and brushing off concerns from his own staff, Kennedy decided to proceed with plansto address an outdoor rally to be held in the heart of the city's African Americancommunity. On that cold and windy evening, Kennedy broke the news of King's death inan impassioned, extemporaneous speech on the need for compassion in the face ofviolence. It has proven to be one of the great speeches in American politicalhistory.
Marking the 40th anniversary of Kennedy's Indianapolisspeech, this book explains what brought the politician to Indiana that day, andexplores the characters and events of the 1968 Indiana Democratic presidentialprimary in which Kennedy, who was an underdog, had a decisive victory.