PBS Home Video recently announced that it will begin selling the new Robert F. Kennedy documentary, A Ripple of Hope. Produced by Covenant Productions® at Anderson University, the award-winning film narrates the events of that tragic day in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and Robert F. Kennedy’s poignant response and act of personal courage saved a city. Individuals and organizations can now order a copy of the film online through Shop PBS at www.shoppbs.org or on the film Web site: www.rippleofhopemovie.com.
On April 4, 1968, Robert Kennedy was in the midst of a campaign for the U.S. presidency. As word of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination spread, riots and fires erupted in cities across the United States. Although his advisors urged him to cancel a scheduled rally that day in the inner city of Indianapolis, Kennedy refused.
The threat of violence was very real. But his moving, impromptu plea for peace — considered today to be one of the great political speeches of the twentieth century — is credited with creating a sense of calm that averted violence during the chaotic days following Dr. King’s death.
From the inner city of Indianapolis to the Memphis hotel where Dr. King was shot, A Ripple of Hope explores the passion for justice and personal courage that linked these two extraordinary men in life as well as death.
Produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Donald Boggs, A Ripple of Hope features digitally restored news footage and original music by John Colby, Grammy Award-winning music director of the Ken Burns Civil War soundtrack.
Covenant Productions® Covenant Productions® (www.covenantproductions.com) works with clients around the country and across the world at all stages of the video production process: conception, scripting, production, editing, DVD authoring, and duplication. Covenant Productions®, located on the campus of Anderson University, tells stories of client work in health care, education, entertainment, transportation, manufacturing, and faith-based environments.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.