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. William J. Smith/AP hide caption

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While Unsung in '63, Women Weren't Just 'Background Singers'

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Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight'

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Kiese Laymon is a contributing editor at Gawker and has written for NPR.org. Courtesy of Kiese Laymon hide caption

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Kiese Laymon's Overdue Success Proves Publishers Can Change

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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. AP hide caption

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Medgar Evers' Son Honors Civil Rights Icon In His Own Way

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Viola Liuzzo carries her shoes while walking with other civil rights activist before she was shot and killed in Alabama. Liuzzo-Prado says her mother walked barefoot whenever she could. "She just hated shoes." When her body was removed from the car she was shot in, she was barefoot. Courtesy of the Liuzzo family hide caption

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Killed For Taking Part In 'Everybody's Fight'

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Martin Luther King Jr sits on a swing with his eldest daughter, Yolanda, and eldest son, Martin, at an amusement park he helped desegregate. Courtesy of the King family hide caption

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Amusement Parks And Jim Crow: MLK's Son Remembers

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This 1973 photo of five children playing in a Detroit suburb has gone viral on the Internet. The children were Rhonda Shelly, 3 (from left), Kathy Macool, 7, Lisa Shelly, 5, Chris Macool, 9, and Robert Shelly, 6. Joe Crachiola/Courtesy of The Macomb Daily hide caption

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Willie Reed (right) testified against the men accused of murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. He changed his last name to Louis after fleeing to Chicago and hardly spoke of the trial. Charles Knoblock/AP hide caption

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Key Witness Against Emmett Till's Killers Led A Quiet Life

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A man holds up a sign at the "Justice for Trayvon" rally in downtown Chicago on Saturday. Scott Eisen/AP hide caption

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Black Americans Welcome Obama's Entry To Race Discussion

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Actor Michael Pena voices Turbo's human friend Tito, an ambitious character whose outlandish dreams don't seem to sync up with his brother's vision for their food truck and stand, Dos Bros Tacos. DreamWorks Animation hide caption

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This 1973 photo of five children playing in a Detroit suburb has gone viral on the Internet. The children were Rhonda Shelly, 3 (from left), Kathy Macool, 7, Lisa Shelly, 5, Chris Macool, 9, and Robert Shelly, 6. Joe Crachiola/Courtesy of The Macomb Daily hide caption

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A woman, who refused to be identified, carries a young boy on her shoulders as she participates in a rally Sunday in Baltimore protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Florida shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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National Reaction To The Zimmerman Verdict: 'What Next?'

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Many families live in dread of standing in the shoes of Trayvon Martin's parents. His mother, Sybrina Fulton (second from left) and father, Tracy Martin, were in court Friday as a Florida jury began its deliberations. Gary W. Green/AP hide caption

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