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Atlanta, Georgia – 6 February 2006
1. Pullout from sign outside Ebenezer Church to crowds waiting
2. Pan of mourners lined up outside church
3. Tracking shot of mourners standing with umbrellas
4. Mourners entering church
5. Crowds filing past body of Coretta Scott King
7. Television show host Oprah Winfrey paying respects
8. Close-up of Winfrey at casket
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9. More mourners walking into church
10. Man holding pamphlet for what he says was the memorial ceremony of Martin Luther King, Jr.
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Reginald Millines, mourner:
“It’s a sense of sadness but joy to know that Sister King is gone – she’s gone to be with Martin and hopefully a big reunion is taking place in heaven at this time.”
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Barbara Richardson, just viewed casket:
“It was very emotional, she is a very beautiful person. Just reminded me of how we need to keep making a difference and that is just inspiring.”
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Reverend Kevin Taylor, from Los Angeles, California:
“We appreciate that legacy, what they stood for and are standing for and that legacy continues even today and so that is what we want to be about and that is why we are here to pay our respects to the King family.”
14. Wide exterior of church with lines of people
Hundreds of mourners joined family members and celebrities at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday to pay their respects to the “first lady of the civil rights movement,” Coretta Scott King.
Long queues of people around the church’s historic sanctuary, waited for hours in freezing rain to pay their respects.
King’s children attended the viewing, as did TV talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.
King, who died January 30 at age 78, was lying in honour at the church where her husband, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., shared his dream from the pulpit in the 1960s.
Inside the silent sanctuary, mourners filed slowly past the casket, some lingering a moment before moving on.
A shroud of flowers blanketed the lower half of the casket, and wreaths stood on either side, decorated with roses, King’s favourite flower.
During the weekend, some 42-thousand mourners had walked past King’s open casket at the state Capitol, where she became the first woman and the first black person to lie in honour there.
It was a striking contrast to the official snub her slain husband had been given by then-Governor Lester Maddox, an outspoken segregationist.
Mourners from as far away as California stood in line for up to two hours for the viewing, with many saying King was a continuing inspiration even in her passing.
“It was very emotional, she is a very beautiful person. Just reminded me of how we need to keep making a difference and that is just inspiring,” said Barbara Richardson.
President Bush and former President Clinton lead the list of dignitaries expected to attend her funeral on Tuesday, to be held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, in Lithonia, where the Kings’ youngest child, Bernice, is a minister.
Civil rights leaders also planned to commemorate King during a service later on Monday which was expected to include the Reverend Jesse Jackson, the Reverend Al Sharpton, Rep. John Lewis, former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and the Reverend Joseph Lowery.
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