06/06/2013 10:48 am ET Updated Jun 06, 2013

Robert F. Kennedy Death: Remembering A Civil Rights Legend 45 Years Later (PHOTO)

On April 4, 1968, then-New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy gave a speech in Indianapolis, Ind., just hours after the death of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. His address, given to a heavily African American crowd, urged peace and deliberation in the face of tragedy. It would become a resounding part of Kennedy's legacy, remembered Thursday 45 years after his death. Just two months later, RFK would meet a similar fate, his life taken by an assassin.

Below, a picture of the two icons taken in June 1963, when Kennedy was serving as attorney general. The quote is from his 1968 speech:

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Left to right: Benjamin R. Epstein, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League B'nai B'rith, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Roy Wilkins of the NAACP and US Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson outside the White House. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the time between Kennedy's speech and his death.


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