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MLK assassination 56 years later: How the King family will remember the civil rights icon today

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking

ATLANTA — The King Center will commemorate one of the darkest moments in the King family’s history and American history.

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Thursday marks 56 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 1968.

The civil rights leader was visiting Memphis to help sanitation workers rally for better wages and safer working conditions and delivered what would become known as his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech the day before he was killed.

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