On April 9, 1968, 150,000 mourners took part in a daylong series of rituals honoring Kingâthe largest funeral staged for a private U.S. citizen. Kingâs funeral was a dramatic event that took place against a national backdrop of war protests and presidential politics in a still-segregationist South, where Georgiaâs governor surrounded the state capitol with troops and refused to lower the flag in acknowledgment of Kingâs death. Award-winning journalist Rebecca Burns delivers a riveting account of this landmark week and chronicles the convergence of politicians, celebrities, militants, and ordinary people who mourned in a peaceful Atlanta while other cities burned. Drawing upon copious research and dozens of interviewsâ from staffers at the White House who dealt with the threat of violence to members of Kingâs family and inner circleâBurns brings this dramatic story to life in vivid scenes that sweep readers from the mayorâs office to the White House to Coretta Scott Kingâs bedroom. Compelling and original, Burial for a King captures a defining moment in Americaâs history. It encapsulates Kingâs legacy, Americaâs shifting attitude toward race, and the emergence of Atlanta as a new kind of Southern city.
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