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Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated 40 years ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain are expected to join civil rights leaders and thousands of others in Memphis to mark the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. A march is scheduled to take place through the city and wreaths will be laid at the motel where King was shot.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while standing on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. 

Violence and controversy followed. In outrage of the murder, many blacks took to the streets across the country in a massive wave of riots. The FBI investigated the crime, but many believed them partially of fully responsible for the assassination. James Earl Ray was arrested.

Ray pleaded guilty to King's death to avoid a trial that may have ultimately led to the death penalty. He recanted three days later and claimed for the rest of his life that he was the innocent dupe of a conspiracy.

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