“A sell-out crowd of more than 5,000 jammed into the City Auditorium to witness an event some equated to a Second Coming.
“It was like nothing I’d ever seen,” former NAACP chairman Julian Bond told (author Thomas) Hauser. “The black elite of America was there. It was a coronation; the King regaining his throne. The whole audience was composed of stars; legitimate stars, underworld stars. You had all these people from the fast lane who were there, and the style of dress was fantastic. Men in ankle-length fur coats; women wearing smiles and pearls and not much else. It was more than a fight, and it was an important moment for Atlanta, because that night, Atlanta came into its own as the black political capital of America.”