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Decades presents 'The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.' on April 4

The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and its aftermath affected some of the most profound change in national racial politics and left some of the most searing scars on the face of American cities in the 20th century.

"One of the greatest human beings this earth has produced." — Timuel Black

It is through this lens that Through the Decades looks back on the man and the movement that culminated in tragedy on April 4, 1968. We remember the road that led to the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis — from nonviolent victories in the face of violent resistance to the lone sniper who was found after a two-month manhunt — and examine the enduring legacy of a man taken far too soon.

Decades marks the occasion with a special hour-long documentary on the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s death.

Watch as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Congressman Bobby Rush, activist Timuel Black and reporter Cliff Kelley remember the impact of "The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr."

Go to our schedule for more information and watch April 4.

Top image: The Everett Collection

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