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Three wholesale replica designer handbags young men walk past Martin Luther King, Jr. portrait displayed in the storefront window of Woodward Lothrop April 6, 1968 following rioting after the assassination of Dr. King. (Darrell C. Crain, Jr. /Photograph Collection at DC Public Library)

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