LATEST SENATOR DONNELLY
Indianapolis, Ind. – President Trump signed into law the Kennedy-King National Commemorative Site Act of 2018 (H.R.4851), legislation led by Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Todd Young (R-IN), in the Senate, and Representatives André Carson (D-Ind.-07) and Susan W. Brooks (R-Ind.-05) in the House. This legislation commemorates the Landmark for Peace Memorial in Indianapolis where Senator Robert F. Kennedy delivered a timeless speech on the day Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, and establishes the site as a part of the African American Civil Rights Network.
On April 4, 1968, Kennedy was in Indianapolis for a campaign event when he learned of the tragic death of Martin Luther King Jr. Kennedy decided to speak to the crowd and inform them of the tragic news in a manner that called for a nonviolent reaction. While many other cities erupted in violence and rioting following Dr. King’s assassination, Indianapolis did not suffer riots or bloodshed. On April 4, Indianapolis will commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr and the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s speech.
Donnelly said, “I’m proud that this bipartisan legislation to establish Kennedy-King Park as a National Commemorative Site and to make it part of the African American Civil Rights Network is now law. The designation of this site, where Senator Robert F. Kennedy gave his historic speech following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s tragic assassination, highlights the continued efforts in the community to celebrate diversity and equality as a source of strength for our state and our country.”
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