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The Heavens Might Crack

The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Jason Sokol
Narrated by Dan Woren / 10 hours 56 minutes

A vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King's death and legacy in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. At the time of his murder, King was a polarizing figure--scorned by many white Americans, worshipped by some African Americans and liberal whites, and deemed irrelevant by many black youth. In The Heavens Might Crack, historian Jason Sokol traces the diverse responses, both in America and throughout the world, to King's death. Whether celebrating or mourning, most agreed that the final flicker of hope for a multiracial America had been extinguished.

A deeply moving account of a country coming to terms with an act of shocking violence, The Heavens Might Crack is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand America's fraught racial past and present.

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Narrator Dan Woren
ISBN 9781549167577
Length 10 hours 56 minutes
Language English
Publisher Hachette Audio
Publication Date
Abridged No

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