Today, April 4, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary since the assassination of Civil Rights activist and leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On this day 50 years ago, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy gave a heartfelt, unscripted speech recognizing the life and accomplishments of the late Dr. King, at the now nationally commemorated MLK Park in Indianapolis.

Senators Jean Breaux and Greg Taylor, both of Indianapolis, joined other political leaders and many community members for a Kennedy-King Initiative Event at the same park where Kennedy gave his speech five decades ago. Congressman John Lewis, who witnessed the speech by the former U.S. Attorney General, wrapped up the morning’s event reflecting on his first return to the park since he lost a friend and mentor all those years ago.

Other leaders in attendance included Congresswoman Susan Brooks, Congressman André Carson, Senator Joe Donnelly, Senator Todd Young, Governor Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy, along with several Indiana House and Senate legislators.

The Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus recognizes the fearless leadership that lead to positive changes all across America from Dr. King and thank him for paving the way for our fight for the equality of all people, especially those of minority communities.

Take a look at some photos from today’s event: