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Martin Luther King Jr. Honored

The Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday commemorates what would have been the slain civil rights leader's 86th birthday.

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Image: Visitors Pay Their Respects On Martin Luther King Jr. Day At Memorial To MLK

People gather at the wreath laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall during MLK Day on Jan.19 in Washington, D.C.

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Jaiya Smith carries a sign down the aisle during a service honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached.

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, wipes away a tear as actor David Oyelowo, who portrays the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie "Selma," speaks during a service honoring King at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached.

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A man participates in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. The Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday commemorates what would have been the slain civil rights leader's 86th birthday.

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People take part in an annual march honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in St. Louis. In addition to honoring Dr. King, many of the marchers protested recent killings by police.

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People gather for a march against police brutality meant to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day in New York.

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Image: Black rights protesters gather near illuminated letters spelling "DREAM" outside a house which they identified as the residence of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, in Oakland

Protesters gather near illuminated letters spelling "DREAM" outside a house which they identified as the residence of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, in Oakland, CA. The group of about 30 demonstrators projected images of Martin Luther King Jr. onto the home's garage as they called on the mayor to fire police officers with violent records.

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Sol-Amari Saunders, right, 7, of Manhattan, joins a march and rally in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.in New York. Manhattan Country School 8th graders honored the legacy of King, by taking to the streets of Harlem to speak out about what they consider to be the most pressing civil rights issues of their generation.

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Image: Visitors Pay Their Respects On Martin Luther King Jr. Day At Memorial To MLK

A man and a child stand near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall on MLK Day on Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.

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