50 years later, Hoosiers remember Robert Kennedy speech in Indy
Indianapolis has a place in America's history when it comes to legendary civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As cities around the country erupted in violence after King was killed, Indy remained calm. One of the reasons why? Senator Robert F. Kennedy's speech that night. On the day King was killed, Kennedy was scheduled to give a speech at 17th and Broadway in Indianapolis. It was supposed to be a campaign speech for president. Instead, he became a voice for peace, keeping the city safe when others turned to violence. Kennedy stood on top of a pickup truck and asked an aide if the crowd knew what had happened to King.