Did MLK have a open casket?
In Memphis, before it was carried south toward home, King’s body lay in state at the R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home in an open bronze casket, the black suit tidily pressed, the wound in the throat now all but invisible. Many of those who filed past could not control their tears.
What does Martin Luther King’s tombstone say?
The inscription currently reads: “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.” The phrase is chiseled into one side of a massive block of granite that includes King’s likeness emerging from the stone. It became a point of controversy after the memorial opened in August.
Did Aretha sing at Martin’s funeral?
When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom Franklin knew personally, died in 1968, she was tapped to perform at his funeral. She sang a passionate rendition of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” a gospel classic and a favorite of King’s.