A Los Angeles Police Department car follows protesters as they march near the city's 77th Street police station last August. It was a protest of the fatal LAPD shooting of Ezell Ford. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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U.S. Sen. Tim Scott bows his head in prayer during a prayer vigil held at Morris Brown AME Church on Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Charleston, S.C. The service honored victims of Wednesday's shooting at Emanuel AME Church. Grace Beahm/AP hide caption

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Murals on display across the street from the Red Bull House of Art gallery in Detroit, Mich. After the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Detroit hopes outsiders will focus on the city's potential, not the history of conflict and crisis that has cut its population in half since 1960. Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Six months after declaring bankruptcy was over, can Detroit celebrate? Paul Sancya/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Michel Martin's father was a New York City firefighter in 1968, when race riots erupted in neighborhoods across the city and country. His memorial card sits on his dented helmet from those years. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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New Orleans educator Jonathan Johnson is founder and CEO of the Rooted School. Jonathan Johnson hide caption

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How does the fear of black men in America affect society, and them? Magdalena Roeseler/Flickr hide caption

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Diane Guerrero arrives at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January. Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Varsity football captain Nahshon Ellerbe is a senior at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas. Jeffrey McWhorter/Trinity Christian Academy hide caption

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Ferguson resident Frankie Edwards shows a rubber bullet wound he suffered during one of the nights of protests to NPR's Michel Martin (right) and Ferguson Mayor James Knowles (second from right) during the community conversation at Wellspring Church. Whitney Curtis for NPR hide caption

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A woman raises her hands during an interfaith service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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