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Martin Luther King Jr.'s death changed lives — and Baltimore's civil rights movement

Martin Luther King Jr.'s death changed lives — and Baltimore's civil rights movement

Robert Moore and half a dozen colleagues were gathered in a small office in East Baltimore planning a march on Annapolis when the news flashed across a television screen: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the man most saw as the leader of the civil rights movement, had been shot to death on a motel balcony in Memphis.

Shock spread through the room. Then came outrage and dismay.

Then they got down to work.

Moore had just opened the Baltimore office of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC. His role that day 50 years ago included writing a leaflet calling for a national day of recognition for King. The group ran off 50,000 copies and distributed them...

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