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AP PHOTOS: A history of civil disobedience in America

April 1, 2018 GMT

              FILE - In this Wednesday, March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Students walked out of school to protest gun violence in response to the previous month's shooting of 17 people at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Students walked out of school to protest gun violence in response to the previous month's shooting of 17 people at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Students walked out of school to protest gun violence in response to the previous month's shooting of 17 people at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on the evening of April 4, 1968, sparked riots across cities in the United States. Though many in the country had reviled King during his lifetime, eventually he came to be seen as a great American hero. King’s campaign for nonviolent social change ended legal segregation in America and left a blueprint for generations to follow in the country’s ongoing struggle for racial and social progress.

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