Morehouse College presents Jason Sokol - The Heavens Might Crack

Morehouse College presents Jason Sokol - The Heavens Might Crack

Wednesday, Apr 03, 2024 5:00 PM

Location:
The Afro-American Hall of Fame at
The Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College
830 Westview Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

A vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King’s death and legacy in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination

The Afro-American Hall of Fame at Morehouse College welcomes author Jason Sokol to discuss his book, "The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr."

The Afro-American Hall of Fame is located in the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue. Masks are optional.

About the Book

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. At the time of his murder, King was a polarizing figure — scorned by many white Americans, worshipped by some African Americans and liberal whites, and deemed irrelevant by many black youth. In The Heavens Might Crack, historian Jason Sokol traces the diverse responses, both in America and throughout the world, to King’s death. Whether celebrating or mourning, most agreed that the final flicker of hope for a multiracial America had been extinguished.

A deeply moving account of a country coming to terms with an act of shocking violence, The Heavens Might Crack is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand America’s fraught racial past and present.

About the Author

Jason Sokol is the Arthur K. Whitcomb Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. The author of two critically acclaimed books on the history of the civil rights movement, Sokol lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.