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By Rebecca Burns


In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, riots broke out in a hundred and 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 relatives, and his shocked 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 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 kingdom capitol with troops and refused to reduce the flag in acknowledgment of King’s death.

Award-winning journalist Rebecca Burns provides a riveting account of this landmark week and chronicles the convergence of politicians, celebrities, militants, and traditional those who mourned in a relaxed Atlanta whereas different towns burned. Drawing upon copious examine and dozens of interviews— from staffers on the White residence who handled the specter of violence to contributors of King’s relatives 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 heritage. It encapsulates King’s legacy, America’s transferring perspective towards race, and the emergence of Atlanta as a brand new form of Southern urban.

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