AP Broadcast Wire on the Day of Dr. King's Funeral


April 8, 1968


Vice President Humphrey, Mrs. John F. Kennedy and a host of other dignitaries were present at the church services for the civil rights leader wo was assassinated last week.

More than 1,000 Negroes converged on the civic center in Kansas City today, but were dispersed by police using tear gas.

The House Rules Committee has cleared the way for a vote by the full House tomorrow on the Senate-approved Civil Rights Bill.

Now for details:


The final tribute to Dr. Martin Luther king lasted throughout the day today. There were 1,300 dignitaries and just plain people at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta for the funeral service for the civil rights leader who was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee last week. There were perhaps 50,000 more outside, and these and almost countless others joined in a solemn march to Morehouse College for a public memorial service.

In the church and in the line of march were such prominent figures as Senator Robert Kennedy, New York Governor Nelson Rockefelld, Governor George Romney of Michigan, and Archbishop Iakovos of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Vice-President Humphrey represented the White House at the church service. Another prominent figure there was Mrs. John Kennedy.

And a dramatic moment was when King's own voice, through a tape recording was heard at the service …