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Morrie Turner's Wee Pals was the first nationally syndicated comic strip by a black cartoonist. It was first published in 1965. Morrie Turner/Courtesy of Creators Syndicate hide caption

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Morrie Turner, 1923-2014: Drawing Gentle Lessons In Tolerance

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Comedian Carlos Mencia performs during the Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más Upfront in May 2010. Jason DeCrow/AP hide caption

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'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually

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Franklin McCain (left) and David Richmond are shown in April 1960. They were two of the four Greensboro, N.C., college students who started demonstrations against segregated lunch counters in February 1960. AP hide caption

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President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister, Helle Thorning Schmidt, during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa. First lady Michelle Obama is on the right. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People gather to leave messages of support for Nelson Mandela outside his hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, earlier this year. Mandela has died at the age of 95. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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The Best Man Holiday is Malcolm Lee's sequel to his film Best Man. Courtesy of Universal Pictures hide caption

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'Best Man Holiday' Resonates Across Racial Lines

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Mexican-American Vets Ignited Kennedy's Latino Support

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Amy Tan's latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be published on Tuesday. Rick Smolanagainst/Against All Odds Productions hide caption

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Amy Tan Weaves Family Mystery Into 'Valley Of Amazement'

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Amateur Sumo Competition Shows The Sport's Growing Diversity

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Marc Jacobs is among the designers who were named by the Diversity Coalition for not having enough models of color on the runway. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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