The Road To The Promised Land, 50 Years Later : Code Switch Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tenn. This week, we have two stories about the aftermath of his death. The first takes us to Memphis to remember King's final days. The second brings us to Oakland, Calif., where King's assassination "transformed the position of the Black Panther Party overnight."
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The Road To The Promised Land, 50 Years Later

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The Road To The Promised Land, 50 Years Later

The Road To The Promised Land, 50 Years Later

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Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tenn. This week, we have two stories about the aftermath of his death. The first takes us to Memphis to remember King's final days. The second brings us to Oakland, Calif., where King's assassination "transformed the position of the Black Panther Party overnight."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addresses some 2,000 people on the eve of his death, giving the speech "I've been to the mountaintop." Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addresses some 2,000 people on the eve of his death, giving the speech "I've been to the mountaintop."

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