#AtoZ 1968 – “K” is for King and Kennedy

“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ~ MLK

“Every generation inherits a world it never made; and as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after.  In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children.” ~ RFK

Dr. King was shot while he stood on the second-floor balcony of a hotel in Memphis. He was 39 years old.
Just two months later, Kennedy was gunned down shortly after he had finished making a speech in Los Angeles. He was 42.

It’s possible to say that assassinations defined the Sixties – President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and Rev. Dr. King and Sen. Kennedy within two months of each other in 1968. Charismatic icons of the decade, MLK and RFK both championing the cause of civil rights (although they never worked together directly).

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Here’s the #46 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968

“(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone” by Aretha Franklin

12 thoughts on “#AtoZ 1968 – “K” is for King and Kennedy

  1. Such a lasting legacy they left behind though. I hope somewhere they are able to see that they live on. To mark his death radio here played King’s speech made the day before he died. Incredible to listen to 50 years later, still powerful and moving.


  2. Sometimes when I am overwhelmed by the insanity and cruelity of the present day life circus, I try to remind myself of the social and political injustices of the 1960’s. Perspective can be calming.


  3. It was a surreal year. One who lived through it cannot help but feel profoundly sad, and angry, too. The horror, the utter losses, the what could have been…


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