The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Long Island on several occasions, including the month before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talks with Nassau County Executive Eugene Nickerson on the dais of the Long Island Committee for Human Rights rally at the Garden City Hotel on Dec. 12, 1962.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is greeted by comedian Dick Gregory on the dais at the Long Island Committee for Human Rights rally at the Garden City Hotel on Dec. 12, 1962.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King at a stop in Long Beach on May 12, 1965, during his tour of Long Island.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a rally in Lakeview. He toured several communities and a few months later spoke at a Hofstra University commencement ceremony on May 12, 1965.

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Photo of the crowd surrounding the car of the Rev. Martin Luther King at Willow Avenue and Oakland Street in Hempstead on May 12, 1965.

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The car roof is caved in from people who jumped on top to see the Rev. Martin Luther King in Hempstead on May 12, 1965.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. receives an honorary degree from Clifford Lord, president of Hofstra University, on June 13, 1965.

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Susan Wachtel, 18, rides a bike with her boyfriend, Daniel Deutsch, on Fire Island on Sept. 2, 1967. Riding behind them is the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. They are headed for the Wachtel home.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rides a bicycle on Fire Island Sept. 2, 1967.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. greets people who came out to see him as he rides the ferry near Fire Island on Sept. 2, 1967.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talks to a packed school auditorium at South Side High School in Rockville Centre on March 26, 1968, when he toured Long Island.

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