Martin Luther King, Jr.: The life and the legacy

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., as he stood outside Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. Fifty years later, we revisit the iconic moments in King’s fight for racial equality.

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    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, with their children, Martin, Dexter Scott and Yolanda Denise, March 17, 1963.

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    Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy with civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the White House, June 22, 1963

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    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with his wife Coretta Scott King as they appear with Nipsey Russell and Harry Belafonte in Alabama, March 1963

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    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mathew Ahmann during the Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963

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    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his

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    People watch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his

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    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses civil rights marchers on Boston Common, April 23, 1965

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    Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. preaching from the pulpit at the National Cathedral in Washington, March 31, 1968

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    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. makes his last public speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis, April 3, 1968 a day before his assasination

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    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Jesse Jackson and Ralph Abernathy at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, a day before he was assassinated

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    Soldiers stand guard in Washington, April 8, 1968 during the riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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    A permanent memorial marks the site where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, seen on April 3, 1998

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    Chol Soo Lee visits the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the MLK Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, September 22, 2007

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    President Barack Obama at the dedication ceremony of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, October 16, 2011

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