NBC's Brian Williams announced plans to anchor from Memphis' Lorraine Hotel Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. As a preview, Williams invited his predecessor Tom Brokaw to run extended clips from King, a History Channel documentary that Brokaw is hosting Sunday. The movie includes 1968 vintage clips of Brokaw himself reporting for NBC on the manhunt for James Earl Ray, King's convicted assassin, a "smalltime criminal who had escaped a Missouri prison." Ray was arrested in London a month after the assassination. Brokaw asked King's son Martin whether he believed a conspiracy killed his father: "How could a person who was a petty thief end up in London, England, without getting some help?" King III leads the Realizing the Dream Foundation, designed to continue the Poor People's Campaign that King Jr was trying to set up when he was gunned down.
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