April 4th, 2008
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Obama pays tribute to MLK from Indiana

Obama pays tribute to the late Dr. King in Indiana.

Obama pays tribute to the late Dr. King in Indiana.

(CNN)—Sen. Barack Obama said Friday he is still paying tribute to the late Martin Luther King despite his absence from Memphis, Tennessee where Sens. Clinton and McCain are marking the 40th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination.

Obama told reporters he was not worried about how his absence would be perceived. “I spoke at Dr. King’s church on his birthday. I gave a fairly fulsome speech on the state of race relations just two weeks ago, and I think it’s important to spread the message that Dr. King’s work is unfinished in places like Indiana and North Dakota,” he said.

Obama is marking the anniversary of the civil rights leader’s death in Indiana, where Robert Kennedy broke the news of King’s assassination to a campaign trail gathering in a landmark 1968 speech.

“And in few places was the pain more pronounced than in Indianapolis, where Robert Kennedy happened to be campaigning,” Obama told an Indiana crowd Friday. “And it fell to him to inform a crowded park that Dr. King had been killed. And as the shock turned toward anger, Kennedy reminded them of Dr. King’s compassion, and his love. And on a night when cities across the nation were alight with violence, all was quiet in Indianapolis.”

Related: Watch Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton disscuss the 40th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination.

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soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Doug, DC

    People are really funny. Just because Obama didn't show up in Memphis, he's now supposed to be somehow not credible about his positions on race. We are supposed to forget about everything else he's done in the past.

    I'm African American and I can care less if Obama isn't in Memphis to commenurate MLK's death because he does so much more for the plight of African Americans. At the end of the day, ACTIONS speak louder than mere symbolic appearances (JOHN MCCAIN)!!

    April 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Public eye

    Dr. King's vision is alive and strong in Barack Obama. In January of 2009 we shall all overcome, and Dr. King's voice will finally be heard by all. God Bless Dr. King and Barack Obama!

    April 4, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Bob

    Posturing is a great word for both parties! That's what politics is all about, saying yes on all accounts

    April 4, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Patrick from CA

    Obama should honor MLK.

    I am sure he thinks likes him, talks like him, and acts like him but he aint no MLK.

    No Sir or No Maaam.........

    He is nothing but a "Con Man", that what he is!

    April 4, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. rajah kahn

    You are a hypocrite just like Clinton. I think you are referring to CLINTON and not Obama

    April 4, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. JustAnotherObamaMama

    Barak reminds so many of us of great leaders of the past like Dr. King, and Robert and Jack Kennedy. By evoking their memories he demonstrates knowledge of their roles and carries the torch for those of us who still want to see Dr. King’s dream realized.

    April 4, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. jer

    I had a chance to watch the complete town hall meeting and he did an excellent job of answering questions.
    He related to the serious problems we have to deal with. Iraq in how it has used our treasure up that we need to fight the war on terror and to invest in jobs, roads, bridges, schools, education,and health care. He told of personal responsibity in doing our part in doing the best we can with our families, and communities, in conjunction with the government. The problems won't be solved if all aspects aren't working together.

    He needs to do more town hall meetings because it shows his ability to relate to the big picture of how everything is tied together with Iraq.

    April 4, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. RRH, Connecticut

    Is campaigning so important, you cannot attend a service? That;s the hypocrisy. Everyone else manages to free up time and the African American candidate who made what we later learned to be false claims considered MLK to be a great influence and praises the Civil Rights Leader constantly. Shame on you Obama!

    April 4, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Ozz

    This message is for Senator Obama,

    You can fix the SOCIAL SECURITY and the MEDICARE mess in a very simple way.

    Deduct $2.00 dollard forSSA, and $1.25 for from all SDI from people who make over $80.000 thousand per. year and put that money in these ACCOUNT for two years as a test run to see how much money it pull/in and see if it's successful for that two years.

    That is just my proposal to you.

    Let's hope senator Clinton don't steal this Idea brfore you look it over.

    Ozz, LA, CA...

    April 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Paris

    It is sand and very disrespectful that Obama likes to compare himself to Dr. Martin Luther King.
    I have read and watched most of the Dr. King’s speeches that’s been published.
    And believe me Obama is NO Martin Luther King.
    When Obama talks there is always a bitterness that you can’t ignore but when Dr. King spoke was all about tolerance, love and peace.
    Martin Luther King carried a huge movement on his shoulders, What has Obama ever done and accomplished?
    Comparing Obama to Dr. Kind is a huge disgrace to the memories and achievements of a Great man.

    April 4, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Rick in Oregon

    What about Hillary's speech? Why don't we hear about that? It was great.

    April 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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