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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of the memorial march and public funeral services for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 April 9

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)


This WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia on April 9, 1968 shows scenes from the memorial march and public services at Morehouse College for the assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.The clip begins with a reporter testing a microphone, and the camera focuses on the sign for Ebenezer Baptist Church. Cars park and drive beside the church building. Mourners line the sidewalk next to the church and on a hill across the street. An African American man carries flowers into the church. The funeral procession, led by police on motorcycles, drives through the rain. As the black-colored hearse pulls up beside the church, mourners crowd the vehicle. Nuns in habits stand under black umbrellas; children stand near policemen in dark uniforms.For a moment, the clip includes a segment in which a white hearse is parked in front of Ebenezer Baptist Church, a white police officer directs traffic, and there is no rain. The clip returns to the black hearse parked near the church and the pallbearers carrying the casket inside the building. Among the crowds outside the church, some climb on telephone poles to see above the throng. A wreath of white flowers hangs on the church above the sign.After a break in the clip, men appear to carry the coffin out of the church. Crowds march from Ebenezer Baptist Church to Morehouse College. Reverend Ralph D. Abernathy and singer Harry Belafonte walk with Coretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King's wife, and the King children. The marchers sing "We...

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Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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Digital Library of Georgia