The first Sunday of the month, the Allen County–Fort Wayne Historical Society presents the George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series. The series consists of a number of informative lectures presented by subject-matter experts, in an effort to educate the community on local history and often to illuminate the role that Allen County people and events have played in the broader scope of national and international affairs.
This month’s virtual lecture is “To Tame the Savageness of Man: Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Primary” presented by Ray A. Boomhower. On April 4, 1968, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy arrived in Indiana to campaign for the Indiana Democratic presidential primary. As Kennedy prepared to fly from an appearance in Muncie to Indianapolis, he learned that civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot. Despite warnings from Indianapolis Police that they could not guarantee his safety, Kennedy decided to proceed with plans to address an outdoor rally to be held in the heart of the city’s African American community. On that evening, Kennedy broke the news of King’s death in an impassioned, impromptu speech on the need for compassion in the face of violence.
For a link to the virtual lecture, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Links will be sent one hour prior to the lecture.
This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.