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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: Pictures of the historic civil rights leader

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. sent shock waves around the world 51 years ago.

The civil rights leader was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, while visiting Memphis, Tennessee, in support of black sanitation workers fighting for better pay.

In commemoration of his life, take a look back through King's legacy.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. poses at City
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. poses at City Hall with his wife Coretta Scott King and New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner on Dec. 17, 1964. Wagner had given King a medallion declaring him an honorary New Yorker.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leaves the press
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leaves the press room at Kennedy International Airport on Dec. 16, 1964. King had just arrived from Sweden after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Behind King is a spokesman, Cleveland Robinson.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil and religious leaders make their way from Selma to Montgomery on March 22, 1965, in Alabama, on the third leg of the Selma to Montgomery marches.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. greets supporters
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. greets supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., third from
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., third from left, walks with supporters during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. displays his
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. displays his Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10, 1964, in Oslo, Norway.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rides a
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rides a bicycle on Fire Island on Sept. 2, 1967.

Singer Harry Belafonte shakes hands with the Rev.
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Singer Harry Belafonte shakes hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Aug. 21, 1964, at Kennedy Airport. Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s, and he was one of King Jr.'s confidants.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talks to
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talks to a packed school auditorium at South Side High School in Rockville Centre on March 26, 1968, when he toured Long Island.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King emerge on March 23, 1956, from Montgomery Courthouse after his trial on charges of conspiring to boycott segregated city buses.

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., center, is
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The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., center, is accompanied by famed pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock, second from left, Father Frederick Reed, third from right, and union leader Cleveland Robinson, second from right, at a March 16, 1967, anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Manhattan.

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