Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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MEMPHIS: Coretta Scott King (5th-R) leads a 'March on Memphis' 09 April 1968, five days after the assassination of her husband, US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King. On her right, her daughter, Yolanda, walks with her sons Martin and Dexter; on her left appear King's successor, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and Andrew Young, later US President Jimmy Carter's ambassador to the United Nations and mayor of Atlanta. Martin Luther King was assassinated 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. King's killing, three years after the assassination of black civil rights leader Malcolm X and months before Sen. Robert Kennedy's, sent shock waves through American society.