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April 4, 2018: When the world marks 50 years of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death

Martin Luther King Jr., and aides, including Jesse Jackson Jr. (third from right), are seen returning to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis for talks on April 3, 1968.

Martin Luther King Jr., and aides, including Jesse Jackson Jr. (third from right), are seen returning to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis for talks on April 3, 1968.   | Photo Credit: AP

A special exhibition to mark 50 years of the assassination of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will compare contemporary marches like the Occupy movement, the March for Our Lives on gun control to King’s sanitation strike and other campaigns for social justice. On April 4, 1968, King, 39, was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum, which includes Room 306, preserved as it was when King stayed there. He gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington in August 1963, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Yolanda Renee King, grand daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., speaks during the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control in Washington, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Yolanda Renee King, grand daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., speaks during the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control in Washington, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)   | Photo Credit: AP

 

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