Guest Column: Remembering the words of Robert Kennedy by Sue DeGregorio-Rosen RN, CLNC

A Reminder: What Robert Kennedy said on the night Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed…may we never forget

On April 4, 1968, United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York delivered an improvised speech several hours after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.. … Upon arrival, Kennedy was informed that King had died.

Kerry Kennedy, 50 yrs after her father's death

Kerry Kennedy, above, 50 yrs later……………..remembering her father’s speech.

Robert Kennedy, on the night Martin Luther King was killed said :

Aeschylus wrote: “In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

What we need in the United States is not division; 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 toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black …

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.