Nation: King's Last March

Not since the funeral of John F. Kennedy had the nation so deeply involved itself in mourning. Streets customarily thronged with busy city traffic echoed eerily and emptily under sunny skies; banks and department stores, their windows unlit, were closed all or most of the day; schools in many cities were shuttered in tribute. As is their wont in time of national tragedy, the American people turned to their television sets. An estimated 120 million watched a funeral march that lasted more than three hours, twice as long as that for President Kennedy....

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