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During a visit to Memphis, Tennessee, a few years ago, I was struck by how much of our culture originated in this Mississippi River port. The birthplace of rock’n’roll is famous for its beginnings, but the events at the city’s Lorraine Motel on 4 April 1968 brought one great dream to an end. When Martin Luther King was gunned down that day, the shock waves were felt across the US – and indeed the world – such was the strength of his conviction that, some day, all men and women will be equal. Our cover feature this month looks at the events that led to perhaps his most powerful speech, in front of a quarter of a million people in Washington DC. The story begins on page 27.

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