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Hundreds gather to mark the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Southern Christian Leadership Conference member Jeremy Ponds bows his head during a moment of prayer at the gravesite of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on April in Atlanta.

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Elgie Hayes holds a sign during a rally in remembrance of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4 in Newark, N.J.

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A rally in Newark, N.J.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. Events are being held in Memphis and other cities to mark the anniversary of his death, including a candelight vigil at the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, which opened last summer in Washington D.C.

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Kate Lafayette, center, sings along during a ceremony in memory of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.on April 4 in Atlanta.

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An eternal flame burns at the gravesite of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as the public gathers for a ceremony marking the 44th anniversary of his assassination on April 4 in Atlanta.

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