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50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death

A half-century after the nation lost civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., see Newsday's coverage of the anniversary, including how his memory and message linger, and commentary and reflections on his legacy.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. greets people

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. Photo Credit: Newsday / Stan Wolfson

  • New Yorkers honor the 50th anniversary of the WATCH MLK memorial in Washington Square Park

    New Yorkers honor the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s prophetic "mountaintop speech" as it was replayed in Washington Square Park on Tuesday. King delivered the speech on April 3, 1968, in Memphis where he had gone to support that city's striking sanitation workers.

  • Two ceremonies in Nassau County honored the Rev. WATCH Long Islanders honor legacy 50 years after MLK's death

    Two ceremonies in Nassau County honored the Rev. Martin Luther King's legacy Wednesday, April 4, 2018, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. In Mineola, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County hosted a commemoration at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building. In Rockville Centre, the Diocese of Rockville Centre held a special prayer service at St. Agnes Cathedral.