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US Marks Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination

Wednesday marks 44 years since U.S. civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed.

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Cherry blossom trees in full bloom surround the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, March 19, 2012. (Reuters)
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Cherry blossom trees in full bloom surround the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, March 19, 2012. (Reuters)

Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change security officer Kevin Baxter places a wreath at the crypts of Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife Coretta Scott King, in Atlanta, Georgia, January 16, 2012. (AP)
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Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change security officer Kevin Baxter places a wreath at the crypts of Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife Coretta Scott King, in Atlanta, Georgia, January 16, 2012. (AP)

Martin Luther King III, center, the son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., at a wreath laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, in Washington, in observance of King's 83rd birthday anniversary, January 15, 2012. (AP)
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Martin Luther King III, center, the son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., at a wreath laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, in Washington, in observance of King's 83rd birthday anniversary, January 15, 2012. (AP)

Long-stemmed roses rest on the reflecting pool wall at the crypts of civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife Coretta Scott King. (AP)
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Long-stemmed roses rest on the reflecting pool wall at the crypts of civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife Coretta Scott King. (AP)

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