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Friday, April 04, 2008

Robert Kennedy Eulogy of Dr. King Revisited

One of the most powerful political speeches I have ever heard, seen or read is the speech Robert F. Kennedy gave in South Africa in 1966. Often referred to as the "Ripple of Hope" speech, it spoke to the aspirations of many--especially those under the apartheid system in South Africa--and is timeless in both is message and generational call to action.


But perhaps the greatest speech he gave--a political eulogy of Dr. Martin Luther King--was given extemporaneously on a flatbed truck 40 years ago today in Indianapolis. You can see the original footage here and the full transcript is also available (with excerpts below). Given the recent spate of violence in our City of Angels, perhaps revisiting his words and Dr. King's life and legacy might offer some solace.


Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. …

And let's 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.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks Ed.
Dr. King said that he'd been to the moutaintop, and he might not get there with us. Sadly we've yet to arrive..

April 04, 2008 3:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Big Bad Ed - For all the BS people post about you - this is a good post. Your head ain't up anything, except the right thing!!!

Soul Bro.

April 04, 2008 4:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why did Sam delete 20 posts on the Lincoln Heights thread, again? Many were of extreme general interest about the area, and its ties to the other parts of the city and to Reyes' efforts to deflect from the black- brown tensions by trying to get them both to unite against the whites and Asians, "the greedy wealthy," with people like that naive Perry.

And how the shady, tacky but expensive (billed to taxpayers and using CRA) LLP projects his cronies are building or promising to build elsewhere too, like in Sunland-Tujunga, are the beginning of such schemes all over the city: he and his friends get rich building projects financed by saps and taxpayers, while the whole city goes to hell like the area around Las Villas. Why can't the people know these things?

We in Lincoln Heights are tired of fighting him alone, nobody's listening to us, but if we get the westside and hillsides that he's aggressively attacking and targeting to unite with us, we'll have a real powerful force. Is that what Sam is afraid of? Why? (Red Spot, at least, has had the guts to point these things out.)

April 04, 2008 4:27 PM  

Blogger Edward Headington said:

Thanks. Ron Klain also offers some analysis in the NY Times today on RFK's MLK Eulogy--if you're interested.

April 04, 2008 4:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Westsiders and others don't care for the eastside you idiot pollyana. Oh whoa is me, brother can you spare a dime.

You are a pathetic pantywaste. You must be hugo pacheco, pigeon of the eastside.

April 04, 2008 4:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Get back to the topic - MLK.

April 04, 2008 4:35 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:34: They care because the cholo politicians headed by Reyes have gone after the westside and hillsides, too, dum-dum -- Huizar and Alarcon are following Reyes because he's the head of PLUM. So go ahead and think your bosses can keep getting away with it, because they're so stupid they attacked the Big Money in the city, and they're seeing what we've been talking about.

As for the MLK connection -- Ed, sorry to interrupt your blog -- Ed Reyes used the declaration of the "peace moratorium weekend" in honor of MLK to attack "the hillside federations" directly in so many words, for being unwilling to let him put these shady projects right into the hills, Bel Air, the westside, and he said the same thing, targeting CDs 5 and 11 by name, last week. Reyes is crazily arguing that the legacy of MLK is to bring areas like Glassell Park and Ramona Gardens to Bel Air and Brentwood and Mulholland Drive. David Zahniser in the Times had this angle in his story about the MLK motion, and he's covered Reyes and Perry attacking the westside for "stealing their parks" and not letting Clear Channel put up their huge billboards in exchange for throwing the barrios a pittance. Jill Stewart and CityWatch have it, too. You can be sure Reyes with Huizar and Las Lomas Alarcon, woke up some people.

Sorry, Ed, but that's the connection THEY're making to the MLK holiday and peace in our city. It makes no sense, does it?

April 04, 2008 4:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed likes head and you like to give it.

April 04, 2008 4:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why no comment Red Spot, still blowing?

April 04, 2008 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Now this blog is a tool for running for office?

I'm sure we all agree with you there, Mr. Headington.

But what's next, a post on how much you love apple pie?

"In praise of puppies"

"Mothers and Flags, which do I love more?"

You are still a little cheasy.

April 04, 2008 5:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why did Sam delete 20 posts on the Lincoln Heights thread, again?

How many post do want to see by the two wackos Don Quackers talking about menudo enemas and Zuma telling us how great his blog is and how lousy this blog is.

Mayor Sam keep deleting comments !!!!

April 04, 2008 5:15 PM  

Blogger Debbie said:

That was a lovely post.


April 04, 2008 5:25 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Shut up Jack Hoff. Stop commenting under anonymous trying to get everyones panties in a knot. We know your MO.

April 04, 2008 5:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Leave Ed Bok alone, you sick cat.

April 04, 2008 5:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Teriffic you got 3 comments before the the topic went South and we had a shitfest. Sign of the times?

April 04, 2008 5:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go ahead, 5:39, try to insult anyone who's pointing out the biggest issue in the city, how your bosses are playing the bash-whitey blame game to distract from their rape of the city, including the westside, valleys and hills.

It's Reyes who defamed the spirit of MLK to try to tie his crazy scheme to destroy two centuries of development in two years, to blacks' struggle for equality. NOT working, and you know it's backfiring because you're running scared.

April 04, 2008 5:47 PM  

Blogger Edward Headington said:

Anon 5:15. It's "cheesy" for the Bill Safire grammar cops amongst us. Truth be told, I'm more of a rhubarb fan which in political speak may be "beyond the mainstream" on the pie issue. I also have a middle age, overweight English bulldog who, despite a sweet disposition, aristocratic manner and face only-a-mother-could-love, sleeps 23/7 and may not connect with voters the same way that a Labrador or Cocker Spaniel would. Maybe there's a shot if I wrap myself around the "Don't Tread On Me" flag and hit Lee Greenwood on the playlist. '-)

Nothing I can do to keep folks on message I suppose. FYI. Tom Brokaw is doing a retrospective on Dr. King this Sunday night on the History Channel; the promos I saw for it used that great U2 anthem "Pride (in the Name of Love)." (Sidebar: If you've even been to one of their concerts, they do a great MLK montage/homage to the music.)

April 04, 2008 6:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sam did not delete those posts last night or today on the Lincoln Heights thread. That was a stupid stunt by someone who has nothing better to do with his time.

April 04, 2008 6:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for the post Ed - good idea that we think about MLK and ask our kids to help us all spread some racial peace and harmony around this city.

April 04, 2008 6:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Voice is voiceless.

It's a fledgling rag that makes up stories, desperately tries to make themselves relevant and think they are journalists.

Well, Voice and you other gossip rags (print and online - you know who you are), get a life.

April 05, 2008 10:59 PM  

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