Learn about RFK's response to MLK's death. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered on April 4, 1968. Robert F. Kennedy, campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president, arrived in Indianapolis for a political rally among an urban, primarily African American crowd. His aides suggested that he cancel the appearance; he chose instead to make the announcement of the civil rights leader's death and then speak extemporaneously on the subject. Read RFK's speech, from American Experience: "The Kennedys."