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    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. relaxes at home in May 1956 in Montgomery, Ala.
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    In this 1948 file photo, Martin Luther King Jr., third from left, listens to a speaker during an assembly at Morehouse College in Atlanta. As a teenager in 1944, King worked on a tobacco farm in Connecticut. That experience influenced his decision to become a minister.
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    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is shown speaking to an overflow crowd at a mass meeting at the Holt Street Baptist Church. King, leader of a bus boycott, was found guilty March 22, 1956, of conspiracy in the Montgomery boycott. He was fined $500. King said the boycott of city buses would continue "no matter how many times they convict me."
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    New York Gov. Averell Harriman, left, talks with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and wife Coretta King at Harlem Hospital, New York, Sept. 22, 1958. Rev. King was stabbed in the chest two days before in a New York department store while autographing books.
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    Civil rights leaders hold hands as they lead a crowd of hundreds of thousands at the March on Washington for jobs and freedom, Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 1963. Those in attendance included: James Meredith and Martin Luther King Jr., front left.
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    Tear gas fumes fill the air as state troopers, ordered by Gov. George Wallace, break up a demonstration march in Selma, Ala., on what is known as "Bloody Sunday," March 7, 1965. As several hundred marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge to begin their protest march to Montgomery, state troopers attacked the crowd with clubs and whips.
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    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., kneeling left, leads civil rights marchers in singing and praying in front of a real estate office in Chicago, Aug. 6, 1966.
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    People gather at the end of the Poor People's March, June 19, 1968, in Washington D.C. The Poor People's Campaign was organized in 1968 by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to demand economic aid to the poorest communities of the United States.
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    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is seen here just prior to his final public appearance to address striking Memphis sanitation workers, April 4, 1968. King was assassinated later that day outside his motel room.
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    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy.
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    High-angle view of the casket of assassinated Civil Rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on a mule-drawn cart, during a funeral procession through the streets of King's hometown, Atlanta, April 9, 1968.
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    Members of the King family pause at the tomb of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. after laying roses, Dec. 9, 1999, in Atlanta.
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    President Obama walks with the first family as they tour the grounds of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial prior to the dedication ceremony, Oct. 16, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
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