En route as many as 100,000 people joined the solemn procession. Among the mourners in the church and on the streets was an astounding assemblage of prominent civil rights leaders, politicians, public servants, and celebrities from the worlds of arts, entertainment, and sports. Here are some them.
Why do you think Martin Luther King’s funeral was so well attended?
Pupils’ own responses, such as: I think his funeral was so well-attended because his words and actions had a positive effect on people’s lives and they wanted to pay their respects for what he had done to help them; I think his funeral was so well-attended because he had inspired so many people to stand up for what …
Where was Martin Luther King originally buried?
Which President signed the law creating the Martin Luther King holiday?
The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.
Did Mahalia Jackson sing at Dr King’s funeral?
After King’s assassination, Jackson honored his last request by singing “Precious Lord” at his funeral.