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Speeches, marches mark Martin Luther King anniversary



AP National Writer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the civil rights leader’s family and admirers were marking the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and quiet reflection today.

The commemorations stretched from his hometown of Atlanta to Memphis, where he died, and points beyond.

Hundreds of people bundled in hats and coats gathered early in Memphis for a march led by the same sanitation workers union whose low pay King had come to protest when he was shot.

Others were assembling in Atlanta, wher...

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