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A) Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference made Alabama focus it's efforts on registering black voters in the South. The marchers were met with violent resistance by the authorities.

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B) The protesters were attempting to reach Selma with protection from the National Guard troops and finally reached Selma in three days.

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C) This march, along with King's assistance, helped raise awareness of the difficulty faced by Southern black voters.

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1968- Murder of Martin Luther King Jr.

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A) On April 4th, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot while standing on his balcony outside his second floor room at the Lorraine Motel. He was in Memphis to support a station workers' strike.

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B) Martin Luther King Jr. was on his way to dinner when when he was shot in the jaw and severed his spinal chord. James Earl Ray was the man who shot Martin Luther King Jr.

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C) The murder of Martin Luther King Jr. joined together many civil rights workers. Thousands of people lined the streets to pay tribute to King.

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