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MLK: 40 Years Later

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.We're observing the somber milestone on today's show with firsthand accounts from some of our regular contributors and key players in the Civil Rights Movement, and we'll get an update on the state of black leadership from Michael Eric Dyson.

Extended Coverage:
AOL Black Voices: King Family Photo Album
Afro-American Newspapers: 1968: Remembering the Turmoil
Associated Press: Atlanta, Memphis Mark 40th Anniversary
Think.MTV.com: Friendship Public Charter School Pays Tribute
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Coverage
Memphis Commercial Appeal Coverage

Commentaries:
Alice Bonner, theRoot.com: The Night Washington Burned Black
AllAboutRace.com: 40 Years Ago on a Balcony in Memphis
Michael C. Dawson, theRoot.com: April 4, 1968: Chicago Burned
Jon Friedman, marketwatch.com: How King Should Be Remembered by the Media
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, syndicated: Forty Years Later, Many Still Ask Who Killed King
Dwight Lewis, Nashville Tennessean: Two Ways 'Who Speaks for the Negro?' Resonates
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune: Promised Land: Are We There?
Ronda Racha Penrice, ebonyjet.com: Eyewitness to Murder or Denials of Conspiracy
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: Can You See the Promised Land of Equality?
Mary Sanchez, Kansas City Star: King Had Some Hard Truths to Tell America
Jack White, theRoot.com: Forget the Government Conspiracy
Gary Younge, The Guardian: America Lauds Martin Luther King, But Undermines His Legacy Every Day

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