Thursday marks 51st anniversary of MLK assassination

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(WILX) - It was 51 years ago on Thursday that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The civil rights leader was 39-years old when James Earl Ray shot him as he was standing on his balcony at the Lorraine Hotel back in 1968.

A ceremony marking the anniversary of Dr. King's assassination will be held in Atlanta Thursday.