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[Published: Thursday April 03 2008]

Americans mark Kinganniversary

Memphis , USA,04 April-(ANA)- Crowds have gathered in the US city of Memphisto mark 40 years since the death of legendary civil rights leader Martin LutherKing.

The commemorations focus onthe former Lorraine Motel, now a civil rights museum, where he was shot deadaged 39.

Presidential hopefuls JohnMcCain and Hillary Clinton are expected to attend, but her Democratic rivalBarack Obama will be campaigning in Indiana.

Dr King's campaign for equalrights by non-violent means inspired millions.

His "I have a dream"speech in Washingtonin 1963 is considered among the greatest ever made.

A "recommitmentmarch" is to be held through Memphisto highlight Dr King's ideals of social justice. Wreaths will be laid at thesite of his assassination.

His son, Martin Luther KingIII, and civil rights campaigner the Rev Al Sharpton are expected to lead themarch, which will be followed by an evening candle-lit vigil.

Dr King was killed by a rifleround as he helped organise a strike by sanitation workers, then among thepoorest in the city.

James Earl Ray, who admittedfiring the fatal shot, died in prison in 1998. (ANA)

FA/ANA/04 April 2008---

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