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  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., visits the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in Memphis, Tenn.
  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., visits the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the hotel's balcony in Memphis, Tenn.
  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., sits on a Montgomery city bus next to a likeness of Rosa Parks, right, during a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., in Memphis, Tenn.
  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., walks on a Montgomery city bus pasta likeness of a bus driver who told Rosa Parks to move to the back of the bus during a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.,in Memphis, Tenn.
  • April 4: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets the crowd after speaking about The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 40th anniversary of his death outside outside the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn,, in front of the balcony where King was shot in 1968. "The quality of his character (King's) is only more apparent. His good name will be honored as long as the creed of America is honored," McCain said.
  • April 4: People hold signs in the rain in memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. before Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives to commemorate him on the 40th anniversary of his assassination on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.
  • April 4: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., walks past a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he walks through the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. McCain spoke outside the museum, commemorating King on the 40th anniversary of his assassination.
  • April 4: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets visitors at the National Civil Rights Museum after commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 40th anniversary of his assassination outside museum in Memphis, Tenn.
  • April 4: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., stands on the balcony, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 40 years prior, after commemorating him in Memphis, Tenn. "The quality of his (King's) character is only more apparent. His good name will be honored as long as the creed of America is honored," McCain said.
  • April 4: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., presents a wreath after commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 40th anniversary of his assassination outside the National Civil Rights Museum Friday, April 4, 2008 in Memphis, Tenn. "The quality of his (King's) character is only more apparent. His good name will be honored as long as the creed of America is honored," McCain said in front of the balcony where King was shot in 1968.
  • April 4: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., commemorates the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 40th anniversary of his death outside outside the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn,, in front of the balcony where King was shot in 1968. "The quality of his (King's) character is only more apparent. His good name will be honored as long as the creed of America is honored," McCain said.
  • April 4: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., commemorates the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., outside the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. King "seems a bigger man" than he did 40 years ago on the day of his death, McCain said in front of the balcony where King was shot in 1968. "The quality of his character is only more apparent. His good name will be honored as long as the creed of America is honored," he said.
  • April 4: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivers a speech outside the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "seems a bigger man" than he did 40 years ago on the day of his death, McCain said in front of the balcony where King was shot in 1968. "The quality of his character is only more apparent. His good name will be honored as long as the creed of America is honored," he said.
  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 40th anniversary of his assassination at a town hall meeting at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., bows her head in prayer after making remarks on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at the Mason Temple Church of God and Christ in Memphis, Tenn.
  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 40th anniversary of his assassination at a town hall meeting at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 40th anniversary of his assassination at a town hall meeting at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 40th anniversary of his assassination at a town hall meeting at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., Friday, April 4, 2008.
  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., seated with Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton, waits to speak about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and his legacy on the 40th anniversary of the assassination at the Mason Temple Church of God and Christ in Memphis, Tenn.
  • April 4: Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., greets Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., before making remarks on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at the Mason Temple Church of God and Christ in Memphis, Tenn.
  • April 4: Rev. Bernice King prays at the tomb of her father, civil-rights leader The Rev. Martin Luther Jr. in Atlanta on the 40th anniversary of King's assassination.
  • April 4: Martin Luther King III, left, his wife Arndrea, and his sister, Rev. Bernice King, pray at the tomb of their father, civil-rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther Jr., in Atlanta on the 40th anniversary of King's assassination.
  • April 3: Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., speaks in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Capitol Hill in Washington. House and Senate leaders held a ceremony to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. the day before the 40th anniversary of his death.
  • April 3: From left, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick, D-Mich., join hands and sing ‘We Shall Overcome’ on Capitol Hill in Washington.
  • April 3: House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, left, Martin Luther King III, center, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California sing ‘We Shall Overcome’ in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington as House and Senate leaders held a ceremony to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. the day before the 40th anniversary of his death.
  • April 3: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland stands at attention during the national anthem in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington as House and Senate leaders held a ceremony to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. the day before the 40th anniversary of his death.
  • April 3: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, from left, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.; Rep. Al Green, D-Texas; Rep. Laura Richardson, R-Calif.; Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas; and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., attend a ceremony in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington to honor Martin Luther King Jr. House and Senate leaders held a ceremony to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. the day before the 40th anniversary of his death.

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