The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., African American integration leader, in bed at New YorkÕs Harlem Hospital on Sept. 21, 1958 following operation to remove steel letter opener from his chest. Rev. King was in critical condition immediately after his assailant, an African American woman undergoing mental observation at Bellevue Hospital, plunged the letter opener into King. (AP Photo/John Lent)

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