In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.as assassination, riots broke out in 110 cities across the country. For five days, Atlanta braced for chaos while preparing to host Kingas funeral. An unlikely alliance of former student radicals, the middle-aged patrician mayor, the no-nonsense police chief, black ministers, white churchgoers, Atlantaas business leaders, Kingas grieving family members, and his stunned SCLC colleagues worked to keep Atlanta safe, honor a murdered hero, and host the tens of thousands who came to pay tribute. On April 9, 1968, 150, 000 mourners took part in a daylong series of rituals honoring Kingathe largest funeral staged for a private U.S. citizen. Kingas funeral was a dramatic event that took place against a national backdrop of war protests and presidential politics in a still-segregationist South, where Georgiaas governor surrounded the state capitol with troops and refused to lower the flag in acknowledgment of Kingas 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 interviewsa from staffers at the White House who dealt with the threat of violence to members of Kingas family and inner circleaBurns brings this dramatic story to life in vivid scenes that sweep readers from the mayoras office to the White House to Coretta Scott Kingas bedroom. Compelling and original, Burial for a King captures a defining moment in Americaas history. It encapsulates Kingas legacy, Americaas shifting attitude toward race, and the emergence of Atlanta as a new kind of Southern city.Jesse Jackson had gone back to Chicago after Kinga#39;s death, then flew to Atlanta. Arriving at ... They loaded their yellow Ford Falcon *Nearly as much as a mena#39;s Hathaway shirt, advertised by Atlantaa#39;s Musea#39;s clothing store for $9 that week. station wagon with groceries and got ready to go downtown 110 / BURIAL FOR A KING.
|Title||:||Burial for a King|
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2011-01-04|