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US pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr

By AP Reporters

The daughter of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr has remembered him as "the apostle of non-violence" as admirers marked the 50th anniversary of his assassination with marches, speeches and quiet reflection.

The Rev Bernice A King recalled her father as a great orator whose message of peaceful protest is still vital decades later.

"We decided to start this day remembering the apostle of non-violence," she said during a ceremony to award the Martin Luther King Jr Nonviolent Peace Prize held at the King Centre in Atlanta.

In Memphis, where King died, hundreds of people gathered early for a march led by the same workers' union whose low pay King had come to protest when he was shot.

In the evening, events in Atlanta culminated with a bell-ringing and wreath-laying at King's crypt to mark the moment when he was gunned down on April 4, 1968. He was 39.

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