Robert "Bobby" Kennedy had spoken earlier the day of King's assassination in Indiana and learned about the shooting before boarding a plane to Indianapolis. He was told to not give the speech because the nation's environment was very delicate and dangerous, but he still went and gave an inspirational speech that was never planned. He had a last speech scheduled there, in a predominantly black neighborhood of the city. His press secretary, Frank Mickiewicz, suggested him to ask the audience to pray for King's family and to follow King's practice of nonviolence resistance and protests. None of the people that went to the place where Robert Kennedy was giving the speech knew about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. until he gave the big bad news.
Also, after his assassination, President Johnson wanted all Americans to stop the violence that this event brought to the nation, calling King "the apostle of nonviolence." He called on Congress as well to pass the civil rights legislation as a fitting legacy to King's life hard work. On April 11, 1968, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
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- Martin Luther King Jr. (n.d.). Retrieved May 12, 2016, from http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html