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The story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 1968, is often recounted as a conclusion to a powerful era of civil rights in America, but how did this hero’s murder come to be the stitching used to tie together a narrative of victory? The week that followed his killing was one of the most fiery, disruptive, and revolutionary, and is nearly forgotten. Over the course of eight episodes, Holy Week brings forward the stories of the activists who turned heartbreak into action, families scorched by chaos, and politicians who worked to contain the grief. Seven days diverted the course of a social revolution and set the stage for modern clashes over voting rights, redlining, critical race theory, and the role of racial unrest in today’s post–George Floyd reckoning.

Holy Week The Atlantic

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    • 4.8 • 172 Ratings

The story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 1968, is often recounted as a conclusion to a powerful era of civil rights in America, but how did this hero’s murder come to be the stitching used to tie together a narrative of victory? The week that followed his killing was one of the most fiery, disruptive, and revolutionary, and is nearly forgotten. Over the course of eight episodes, Holy Week brings forward the stories of the activists who turned heartbreak into action, families scorched by chaos, and politicians who worked to contain the grief. Seven days diverted the course of a social revolution and set the stage for modern clashes over voting rights, redlining, critical race theory, and the role of racial unrest in today’s post–George Floyd reckoning.

    Introducing Holy Week

    Introducing Holy Week

    Holy Week: The story of a revolution undone.
    The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, is often recounted as a conclusion to a powerful era of civil rights in America, but how did this hero’s murder come to be the stitching used to tie together a narrative of victory? The week that followed his killing was one of the most fiery, disruptive, and revolutionary, and is nearly forgotten. Over the course of eight episodes, Holy Week brings forward the stories of the activists who turned heartbreak into action, families scorched by chaos, and politicians who worked to contain the grief. Seven days diverted the course of a social revolution and set the stage for modern clashes over voting rights, redlining, critical race theory, and the role of racial unrest in today’s post–George Floyd reckoning.
    Subscribe and listen to all 8 episodes coming March 14. www.theatlantic.com/holyweek

    • 3 min
    Part 1: Rupture

    Part 1: Rupture

    A day at the crossroads of chance and destiny

    • 21 min
    Part 2: Inferno

    Part 2: Inferno

    The Black capital of the world catches fire

    • 32 min
    Part 3: Black Messiah

    Part 3: Black Messiah

    Who will rise next?

    • 33 min
    Part 4: Overcome

    Part 4: Overcome

    In Memphis, the Movement faces a reckoning
    Additional reading: The 4ooth: From Slavery to Hip Hop by John Burl Smith

    • 53 min
    Part 5: Prophecy

    Part 5: Prophecy

    Leaders hope to stop that which had been foretold

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

Donald Quist ,

Excellent!

Well-researched and well-produced. An excellent work.

Dippersouth ,

Revelatory — thank you.

This podcast informed my head and cracked open my heart. “Holy Week” is podcast journalism at its finest. I commend it to everyone who cares about America, and still yearns to help our nation realize Lincoln’s sacred prophesy at Gettysburg, a “new birth of freedom.”

Nymike1961 ,

With Gratitude

Well done and very moving. I was only a kid when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated but this brought back suppressed memories. I often wonder what could have been. Thank you for this enlightening podcast.

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