On August 28, 1963, Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King salutes supporters on the Washington Esplanade (the Washington Monument in the background) during the "Walk on Washington." King said that this march was "the greatest manifestation of freedom in the history of the United States." Martin Luther King was murdered on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting him and is sentenced to 99 years in prison. The assassination of King shocked the American society of the time and is still considered a milestone in the history of the United States.
Keywords used by Agence France-Presse to describe this photograph: Horizontal Martin Luther King Vintage Washington AFP
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