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American opera singer Marian Anderson performs on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on April 9, 1939.

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American opera singer Marian Anderson performs on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on April 9, 1939.

Marian Anderson Tribute Unites Opera and M.C. Hammer

Rapper M.C. Hammer, actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and singer Dionne Warwick were among those who paid tribute to the late civil rights icon Marian Anderson Saturday night. This month marks the 75th anniversary of Anderson’s concert on the steps of the...

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First Lady Michelle Obama performs tai chi with students from Chengdu No7 High School in Chengdu on March 25, 2014.

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First Lady Michelle Obama performs tai chi with students from Chengdu No7 High School in Chengdu on March 25, 2014.

Michelle Obama to China: ‘The Right to Say What We Think’

Michelle Obama mixed the personal and the political today as her six-day trip to China neared its end. Speaking in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, the touring first lady told students at one of the nation’s top high schools...

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Benjamin "Ben" Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in Washington, D.C.

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Benjamin "Ben" Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in Washington, D.C.

NAACP’s Jealous: Story in the States

The next generation of civil rights leaders is working in the states rather than on the federal level. So says Ben Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, speaking at the National Press Club a...

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President-elect Barack Obama speaks at the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural concert in Washington on Jan. 18, 2009.

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President-elect Barack Obama speaks at the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural concert in Washington on Jan. 18, 2009.

Obama: ‘The Dream of a King’

Fifty years ago today, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a quarter million people and a watching nation “to cash a check” — that “promissory note” of freedom for all which...

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way to the stage at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way to the stage at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Speech at Lincoln Memorial: `Won’t Be As Good’ as King’s

The lowering of that arc of expectations starts now: President Barack Obama will not be delivering Martin Luther King’s speech tomorrow, on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. “Let me just say for the record right now, it...

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People visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I have a Dream' speech on the National Mall on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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People visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I have a Dream' speech on the National Mall on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Virginians Divided on Racial Equality Progress

Virginia residents are optimistic about the future of racial equality even as they are divided on the progress made so far. Respondents split 45-44 percent on whether people today are judged by their skin color rather than their character, according...

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Julian Bond and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. cast their ballots to fill Bond's vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 23, 1966.  Bond was refused his seat in congress because of his endorsement of a statement which charged the U.S. with committing aggression in Vietnam.

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Julian Bond and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. cast their ballots to fill Bond's vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 23, 1966. Bond was refused his seat in congress because of his endorsement of a statement which charged the U.S. with committing aggression in Vietnam.

Bond Says Republican Voting Laws Roll Back Rights Gains

Civil rights leader Julian Bond stood at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago and heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaim, “I have a dream.” Now, Bond says, that dream is becoming harder to accomplish because Republican governors...

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In this April 2, 1965 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., second from right, speaks at a news conference next to John Lewis, to his left, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in Baltimore.

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In this April 2, 1965 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., second from right, speaks at a news conference next to John Lewis, to his left, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in Baltimore.

Lewis Authors Graphic Novel on Civil Rights Movement

Andrew Aydin, an aide to Rep. John Lewis, has had a life-long fascination with comic books. When Aydin sheepishly revealed to his boss that he was going to a comics convention in 2008, he was surprised by Lewis’ response. “There...

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A billboard on Interstate 94 east of downtown St. Paul, Minn. makes an appeal to soldiers and military veterans to support a proposed voter ID amendment on the ballot in Minnesota.

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A billboard on Interstate 94 east of downtown St. Paul, Minn. makes an appeal to soldiers and military veterans to support a proposed voter ID amendment on the ballot in Minnesota.

Citizens United Foes, Civil Rights Pros: Common Ground on Voter ID

Advocates trying to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision or otherwise enact new limits on campaign spending are finding a common cause with civil rights groups fighting Republican efforts to enact voter-identification laws. They say the issues are related....

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