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In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, riots broke out in one hundred ten towns around the state. for 5 days, Atlanta braced for chaos whereas getting ready to host King’s funeral. An not likely alliance of former scholar radicals, the middle-aged patrician mayor, the no-nonsense police leader, black ministers, white churchgoers, Atlanta’s enterprise leaders, King’s grieving relations, and his surprised SCLC colleagues labored to maintain Atlanta secure, honor a murdered hero, and host the tens of millions who got here to pay tribute.

On April nine, 1968, 150,000 mourners took half in a daylong sequence of rituals honoring King—the biggest funeral staged for a personal U.S. citizen. King’s funeral used to be a dramatic occasion that happened opposed to a countrywide backdrop of conflict protests and presidential politics in a still-segregationist South, the place Georgia’s governor surrounded the kingdom capitol with troops and refused to decrease the flag in acknowledgment of King’s death.

Award-winning journalist Rebecca Burns promises a riveting account of this landmark week and chronicles the convergence of politicians, celebrities, militants, and traditional those that mourned in a calm Atlanta whereas different towns burned. Drawing upon copious learn and dozens of interviews— from staffers on the White condo who handled the specter of violence to individuals of King’s relations and internal circle—Burns brings this dramatic tale to lifestyles in shiny scenes that sweep readers from the mayor’s workplace to the White residence to Coretta Scott King’s bedroom.

Compelling and unique, Burial for a King captures a defining second in America’s background. It encapsulates King’s legacy, America’s transferring angle towards race, and the emergence of Atlanta as a brand new form of Southern urban.

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Burial for a King: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Funeral and the Week That Transformed Atlanta and Rocked the Nation

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In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr. ’s assassination, riots broke out in one hundred ten towns around the nation. for 5 days, Atlanta braced for chaos whereas getting ready to host King’s funeral. An not going alliance of former pupil radicals, the middle-aged patrician mayor, the no-nonsense police leader, black ministers, white churchgoers, Atlanta’s enterprise leaders, King’s grieving family, and his surprised SCLC colleagues labored to maintain Atlanta secure, honor a murdered hero, and host the tens of hundreds of thousands who got here to pay tribute.

On April nine, 1968, 150,000 mourners took half in a daylong sequence of rituals honoring King—the greatest funeral staged for a personal U. S. citizen. King’s funeral was once a dramatic occasion that came about opposed to a countrywide backdrop of warfare protests and presidential politics in a still-segregationist South, the place Georgia’s governor surrounded the nation capitol with troops and refused to reduce the flag in acknowledgment of King’s death.

Award-winning journalist Rebecca Burns can provide a riveting account of this landmark week and chronicles the convergence of politicians, celebrities, militants, and usual those who mourned in a calm Atlanta whereas different towns burned. Drawing upon copious learn and dozens of interviews— from staffers on the White condominium who handled the specter of violence to participants of King’s relations and internal circle—Burns brings this dramatic tale to existence in shiny scenes that sweep readers from the mayor’s place of work to the White apartment to Coretta Scott King’s bedroom.

Compelling and unique, Burial for a King captures a defining second in America’s heritage. It encapsulates King’s legacy, America’s moving angle towards race, and the emergence of Atlanta as a brand new form of Southern urban.

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