Sheriff L.O. Davis reads a set of local laws to Mrs. Malcolm Peabody, Dr. Robert Hayling and Mrs. John M. Burgess. The protesters remained seated as they attempted to integrate the dining room at a table in the Ponce De Leon Motor Lodge. Corbis hide caption

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Martin Luther King Jr., shown here with Stokely Carmichael during a voter registration march in Mississippi in 1966, regarded the younger Carmichael as one of the civil rights movement's most promising leaders. Lynn Pelham/Time hide caption

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Darrell Wallace Jr., a graduate of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity Program, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26 in Martinsville, Va. Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images hide caption

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In Parenthood, Dax Shepard plays Crosby, whose wife, Jasmine, is played by Joy Bryant. Their son is Jabbar (Tyree Brown). NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

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Chiwetel Edjifor (from left), Julia Roberts, Idris Elba, George Clooney, Michael B. Jordan, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o, Naomie Harris, Brie Larson, Chadwick Boseman, Margot Robbie, Lea Seydoux. Annie Leibovitz/Via Vanity Fair hide caption

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Seun Summers (left) and Idris Brewster have been best friends since before they were kindergartners. They're both college sophomores today, and their parents say each is thriving in his respective school. (Seun is at York College, part of The City University of New York; Idris is at Occidental College in Los Angeles.) Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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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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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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