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In pictures: King anniversary

Martin Luther King's daughter prays at his tomb in Atlanta on 4 April 2008

Bernice King prays at the tomb of her father, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, in Atlanta, Georgia, as America marks the 40th anniversary of his death.

Crowds march through Memphis on 4 April 2008

Under rainy skies, crowds gathered in Memphis to highlight Dr King's ideals of social justice as they marched to the place where he died.

Lorraine Motel 3 April 2008

A balcony wreath at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis marks the spot where he was felled by an assassin's bullet, aged 39. It became a civil rights museum in 1991.

Crowds march through Memphis on 4 April 2008

The anti-segregation icon's crusade for equal rights by non-violent means inspired millions and still resonates today.

People taking part in march through Memphis on 4 April 2008

Wreaths were being laid at the site of his assassination and an evening candle-lit vigil will be held.

Marcher in Memphis on 4 April 2008

The civil rights leader's "I have a dream" speech at Washington in 1963 is considered among the greatest ever made.

Presidential hopeful John McCain in Memphis on 4 April 2008

Presidential hopefuls John McCain (pictured) and Hillary Clinton attended the commemorations in Memphis.

Barack Obama in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on 4 April 2008

Mrs Clinton's Democratic rival Barack Obama did not attend but paid tribute to Dr King's legacy while campaigning in Indiana.

George W Bush in Croatia on 4 April 2008

And on a visit to Croatia, US President George W Bush said Dr King understood "love and compassion will always triumph over bitterness and hatred".

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