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Memphis honors Martin Luther King, Jr., on assassination anniversary

In this March 28 1968 file phoDr. MartLuther King Jr. Rev. Ralph Abernathy right lead march behalf striking Memphis Tenn.

In this March 28, 1968 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy, right, lead a march on behalf of striking Memphis, Tenn., sanitation workers. | AP File

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Updated: April 4, 2013 7:14AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — City officials will rename a street and union members are scheduled to march down Memphis’ streets to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. and the workers strike that brought him here.

The dedication of “1968 Strikers Lane” is scheduled for Thursday, the 45th anniversary of King’s assassination.

King was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers strike when he was killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

After the street naming, participants will march from the local headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to the National Civil Rights Museum, which was built on the site of the old Lorraine Motel.

Once at the museum, guest speakers will address the crowd at a planned rally.

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