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June 9, 1968
Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

June 9, 1968

On June 9, 1968, the Los Angeles Sentinel carried news of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The front page headline read: “Kennedy Added to Martyr List: JFK, MLK, Evers” (click to view PDF of front page). Longtime Sentinel columnist A. S. “Doc” Young reported on the shooting: “Moments after [Robert F. Kennedy] had delivered an election victory speech to a cheering audience in the Ambassador Hotel...he was shot and critically wounded...The people were shocked. Some cried. Some cursed. Some prayed. Everyone died a little. For, in truth, at the moment that Senator Kennedy was shot, America died a little more.”