There are more constructive ways to carry on a conversation about the future of the country and the nation's poor than using this sacred occasion.

Political theater is not uncommon in the black church culture.

We're a very small firm and have a very trusting environment. We feel violated.

The concern is that this could convey a message that the moral agenda Mrs. King embodies is now assumed under the ministry of Bishop Long. For all the good things Bishop Long has done, Mrs. King's moral atlas was more inclusive, one that reflected love of all people.

Thus far, Long has not been connected to the social justice movement in the city of Atlanta. People wonder if this (funeral) is a passing on of the mantle to one of the new leaders who hasn't been a part of the grass-roots struggle.