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Film: Ted Kennedy's speech to the 1968 AK Democratic Convention


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The Alaska State Library Historical Collections presents the 50th anniversary screening of rare video footage of Senator Ted Kennedy speaking in Sitka following the murder of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 30 minute video screening will be followed by a discussion with UAS Associate Professor of History, Dr. David Noon, on the historical events of 1968.

On April 7, 1968, three days after the assassination of Dr. King, U.S. Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy delivered the keynote address to the 1968 Alaska Democratic Convention. After introductions by Alaska State Representative Eugene Guess and U.S. Senator Ernest Gruening, Kennedy addressed the challenges of the time by giving personal remarks on Dr. King's influence on the Civil Rights Movement and updates on the civil unrest in Washington, D.C.