The Heavens Might Crack by Jason Sokol
The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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International acclaim followed King’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and surged after his death, especially in developing nations. By the 1980s in the U.S., King’s message had become “scrubbed” until it threatened no one. A revealing examination of how a “courageous dissident” became a martyred saint.
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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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Published March 20, 2018 by Basic Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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International acclaim followed King’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and surged after his death, especially in developing nations. By the 1980s in the U.S., King’s message had become “scrubbed” until it threatened no one. A revealing examination of how a “courageous dissident” became a martyred saint.

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