As the 1957 school year began, it was clear that Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, was going to be a flashpoint of school integration following the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown decision.
Just 10 days after his August 30th later, Dr. King took advantage of his new relationship with the Vice President to send him a telegram asking him to urge President Eisenhower to have the Federal Government take “a strong positive stand” at Central High, lest the process of integration be set back fifty years.
On September 25th, Eisenhower sent federal troops to Central High. Dr. King commended the President for his positive and forthright stand.
Nixon planned a low-key visit to Atlanta to pay his respects and offer his condolences to the King family.
He arrived in Atlanta on a private plane on April 6th, the second day after the assassination.
Dwight Chapin, a 27-year old personal aide who accompanied the former Vice President, recalls that historic and moving trip, and describes Nixon visiting with Coretta Scott King.
Dwight Chapin describes Nixon’s visit to Dr. King’s parents’ home.
Dwight Chapin describes Nixon’s arrival at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the service there for Dr. King.
At Coretta Scott King’s request, her late husband eulogized himself: a recording of his last sermon delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church (“The Drum Major Instinct,” February 4, 1968) was played.