Robert F. Kennedy's inspiring speech following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. has gone viral

Robert F. Kennedy's Speech After The Death Of Martin Luther King Jr.

This week videos have emerged of two black men being shot and killed by police officers. Alton Sterling was killed on July 5 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile, was killed by a Minnesota cop during a traffic stop on July 6.

These events have prompted protests across the country and after one protest in Dallas, Micah Johnson reportedly shot twelve police officers, killing 5 of them.

In the wake of this week's violence, Robert F. Kennedy's words following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. have gone viral for their inspiring message to those who are hurting and searching for solutions.

Read an excerpt from the speech below:

For those of you who are black -- considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible -- you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.

We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization -- black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand, and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion, and love.

You can watch the full speech below:

Click through for photos from Robert F. Kennedy's life:

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16th March 1938: Joseph Patrick Kennedy (1888 - 1969), the American Ambassador and financier with his wife and five of their nine children at the Princes Gate home in London. Left to right: Kathleen, Edward (who became a Democratic senator), Joseph Kennedy, wife Rose Kennedy, Patricia (1924 - 2006), Jean and Robert, who became a Democratic senator before his assassination. (Photo by H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1964: Outside his residence at number 10 Downing Street, London, the British prime minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home, right, shakes hands with Robert Kennedy, US attorney general, and brother of the assassinated American president. Kennedy is in London for talks with the British government. (Photo by Kent Gavin/Keystone/Getty Images)
A family pay their respects at the John F Kennedy Memorial after the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, Runnymede, Surrey, England, 6th June 1968. (Photo by Tilbury/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
6th June 1969: Mrs Stephen Smith and her daughters place flowers on the grave of her late brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy following a memorial service at the grave site on the first anniversary of the late Senatorfs death. (Photo by Gene Forte/Keystone/Getty Images)

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