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The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in Images

50 years since his death, the visual influence of the civil rights leader

Journee Guadalupe of Woodbridge, Va., takes a picture of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington in August 2011. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)
Journee Guadalupe of Woodbridge, Va., takes a picture of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington in August 2011. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

As the country marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader’s legacy is one spread throughout the nation, from the monument to King on Independence Avenue in D.C., to quieter marks of his influence throughout the country.

D.C. Residents and Visitors Remember MLK Jr. 50 Years Later

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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 20: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., talks about a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr., during a tour of the Capitol rotunda that she gave to about 60 D.C. students. The tour of the House floor, rotunda, and emancipation hall, was in honor of Black History Month which is February. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., stops at the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Capitol Rotunda while leading a tour of the building in February 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - August 28: Thousands of citizens from across the country converged in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 2013 to march from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial during the 'Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action', honoring the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 march on Washington. The 1963 landmark civil rights event was where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech from the Lincoln Memorial. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)
Thousands of citizens from across the country converge in Washington in August 2013 to march from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial during the ‘Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action,’ honoring the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 march on Washington. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)
A mural created by middle school students from Cobb County, Ga., depicting regions of Georgia hangs in the office of Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., March 17, 2009. This image shows Martin Luther King Jr., outside Atlanta.
The office of Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., displays in March 2009 a mural created by middle school students from Cobb County, Ga., depicting regions of Georgia, including this image of Martin Luther King Jr., outside Atlanta. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
DNC Convention at Invesco Field at Mile High Denver Colorado,August 28, 2008. Barack Obama's acceptance speech coincides today with the 45th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivery of the
Sen. Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver coincided with the 45th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama was the first African-American to be nominated for president by a major political party and the first black president. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 08: Albertine Reid leaves the booth after voting at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School For Science and Technology in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, La., November 8, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Albertine Reid leaves the booth after voting at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans on Election Day 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Martin Luther King, Jr., photographs and quotes are on exhibit at the MLK Library in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008.
Photographs of King and his quotes on exhibit at the MLK Library in downtown Washington in January 2008. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 4 - A statue of Martin Luther King Jr., is seen with King's hand extended, as seen next to the outline of Sen. Bobby Kennedy, D-N.Y., during a gathering at the Landmark for Peace Memorial, in Indianapolis, Ind., Monday, April 4, 2016. It was the 48th anniversary of the speech the late Sen. Bobby Kennedy, D-N.Y., gave in Indianapolis the day civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, on April 4, 1968. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
A statue of King with his hand extended is seen next to the outline of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy during an April 2016 gathering at the Landmark for Peace Memorial in Indianapolis to mark the 48th anniversary of the speech Kennedy gave in the city the day King was assassinated. The speech was credited with staving off violence that day in Indianapolis. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 23: A child walks past a quotation by Martin Luther King Jr., on the site of the memorial dedicated to the civil rights leader. The memorial, located on the Tidal Basin, is open to viewing by the public and the official dedication ceremony will take place on August 28. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)
A child walks past a quotation by King in August 2011 at the site of the memorial dedicated to him in Washington. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

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