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|Date & Time:||
Saturday, March 17, 2018
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
|Suggested Audiences:||High School, College, Adult, Elders|
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Roswell Adult Recreation Center
830 Grimes Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30075
|Description:||In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, riots broke out in 110 cities across the country. For five days, Atlanta braced for chaos while preparing to host King's funeral. An unlikely alliance of former student radicals, the middle-aged patrician mayor, the no-nonsense police chief, black ministers, white churchgoers, Atlanta's business leaders, King's grieving family members, and his stunned Southern Christian Leadership Conference 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, nearly 150,000 mourners took part in the largest funeral ever staged for a private U.S. citizen. The ceremonies took place against a national backdrop of war protests and presidential politics and in a still-segregationist South where Georgia's governor surrounded the state capitol with troops.
Burial for A King is a day-by-day, hour-by-hour account of this landmark week. It encapsulates King's legacy, America's shifting attitude toward race, and the emergence of Atlanta as a new kind of Southern city.
Burial for a King is available for checkout in print, ebook and audio book formats at the Roswell and East Roswell Libraries and on Overdrive through the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System website www.afpls.org. Books are for sale at the Friends of the Roswell Library Bookstore and will be on sale at the Literary Luncheon where the author will sign them.
Entered by: Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (LibraryComments@fultoncountyga.gov)
Created: January 22, 2018 at 6:53 PM
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