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Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours

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An intimate look at the last thirty-one hours and twenty-eight minutes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jrs.'s life. On April 3, 1968, at 10:33 a.m. King landed in Memphis on a flight from Atlanta. A march that he had led in Memphis six days earlier to support striking garbage workers had turned into a riot, and King was returning to prove that he could lead a violence-free protest.

This situation put King’s reputation and credibility as the leader of the non-violent civil rights movement in jeopardy just as he was launching the Poor Peoples Campaign. He was calling for massive civil disobedience in the nation’s capital to pressure lawmakers to enact sweeping anti-poverty legislation. But King didn’t live long enough to lead the protest. He was fatally shot at 6:01 p.m. on April 4 in Memphis.  Written by Joseph Rosenbloom.  Hardcover, 204 pages.

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