NAACP head to march in NJ to mark King's death

This Aug. 28, 1963, file photo shows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledging the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington. Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, marks the 25th federal observance of the birth of King, one of America's most celebrated citizens, and the only non-U.S. president to be honored with a national holiday.

April 4, 2011 4:19:41 AM PDT
Monday marks 43 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To help honor dr. king's life, NAACP president Ben Jealous is leading a march in Newark this afternoon. Organizer Larry Hamm says the march will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday downtown.

King was shot to death on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming his innocence before dying in 1998.

The memorial event is just one of several planned throughout New Jersey, which includes rallies in Camden and Trenton.

Events honoring Dr. King will also be held nationwide.

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