Here is the trailer from last night’s movie get together. We do this during the summer, watching a few films that we otherwise might not get to see.
“A Ripple of Hope” is only 60 minutes long, but it is an enjoyable watch about Robert F. Kennedy‘s speech given on the night Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The crowd in Indianapolis, IN had gathered to hear RFK speak as part of a campaign stop, but soon, especially with the news of King’s death, the throng had grown. There were some who were even possibly looking for an opportunity to lash out in anger over the terrible events of the day. RFK was encouraged not to speak, but he decided to address the crowd anyway.
What’s unique about the speech is this – he did it extemporaneously, and his message of hope, peace, and wisdom through suffering encouraged the crowds to disperse peacefully. There were no rioting or deaths in Indianapolis. It is one of the only speeches where he also referred to the assassination of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, openly.
This is a great film about courage, what is right, and what makes some politicians special. I pray that more people walk with this kind of courage and moral imagination, starting with me.