November 21, 2013 Most politicians recognize the importance of the Latino vote, but John F. Kennedy might have been the first presidential candidate to actively court it. Viva Kennedy clubs started by former Mexican-American veterans were an important factor in Kennedy's 1960 victory.
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Barbara Cheeseborough died a few weeks ago in California at age 67.
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November 19, 2013 The face on the first issue of Essence signaled the new magazine was reaching out to a different audience: young black women interested in celebrating a new aesthetic.
Amy Tan's latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be published on Tuesday.
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November 4, 2013 Speculation about her grandmother's life in China in the early 1900s provided Tan inspiration for her latest novel, out Tuesday. Valley is an opus that covers half of a tumultuous century, ranges across two continents and involves love, deceit, forgiveness and, ultimately, redemption.
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A joking Facebook post by Saddleback Church's Rick Warren was the catalyst for a pointed letter from some 700 evangelical Asian-Americans.
October 18, 2013 A joking Facebook post by Saddleback Church's Rick Warren was the catalyst for a pointed letter from some 700 evangelical Asian-Americans.
This dog holds the armor it has just ripped from its target until given the release command.
October 9, 2013 Far too many people in Los Angeles County are being bitten by police dogs — and the overwhelming majority of those are black and Latino, according to a recent report.
California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a group of bills related to immigration because, he said, enough time has passed.
October 7, 2013 The federal government remains shut down over a budget stalemate, but California's Gov. Jerry Brown decided not to wait for Congress to make decisions on the Gordian knot that is U.S. immigration policy.
The original Ironside starred Raymond Burr as a detective who became a paraplegic after being shot in the line of duty.
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October 4, 2013 In the reboot of the TV series Ironside, Blair Underwood plays the character once played by Raymond Burr. Underwood joins a long list of able-bodied actors who portray characters with disabilities.
September 16, 2013 The 13th Annual U.S. Sumo Open took place over the weekend, bringing contestants from around the country and even the world. Some don't fit the traditional Sumo profile as amateur Sumo becomes increasingly diverse.
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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.
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September 14, 2013 Famed fashion icons Bethann Hardison, Iman and Naomi Campbell have joined a coalition that presses for more diverse representation on the runway. The group has sent a letter to the governing bodies of the fashion world calling out specific designers for their lack of diversity.
September 10, 2013 Two new books published Tuesday tell the story of Harlem. The first features the white women involved in the Harlem Renaissance. And the second profiles three black female artists during World War II.
One of the must-read books about the civil rights movement is The Story of Ruby Bridges, about one of the first black children to integrate a New Orleans school in 1960.
August 25, 2013 From history to memoir to fiction, these books tell the stories of the men, women and children who played pivotal parts in the struggle for equal rights.
Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer of Ruleville, Miss., speaks to the state's Freedom Democratic Party sympathizers outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., in 1965.
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August 24, 2013 That sweltering August day in 1963, when almost a quarter-million people thronged the National Mall, women were relegated to the background, even as they played major roles in the movement.
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August 18, 2013 This summer, NPR is airing several reports looking at watershed moments in the Civil Rights movement. Several Civil Rights advocates who died pursuing equality left behind devastated families, especially children. While immensely proud of their parents, many report it was a struggle to grow up in the shadow of a martyred hero. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Aug. 12, 2013.
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Kiese Laymon is a contributing editor at Gawker and has written for NPR.org.
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August 14, 2013 After an editor asked him to tone down his racial politics, the first-time author walked away from his book deal, moved to a smaller press and eventually published two books to critical acclaim. He hopes his story helps make the case for why publishers should welcome different voices to the table.
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After Medgar Evers was murdered, his wife, Myrlie Evers, carried on his work. This photo shows Myrlie Evers and her children, Van, 9; Darrell, 16; and Rena, 14, in June 1969 in their Claremont, Calif., home.
August 12, 2013 James Van Dyke Evers was only 3 when his father, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, was shot and killed in the family's driveway. Van Evers chose not to follow in his father's footsteps — at what cost?
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