James Meredith was the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi. The school had originally rejected his application, and a legal battle ensued. In 1962, segregationists protesting his admittance to Ole Miss led to bloody riots on campus. Bettmann/Corbis/AP hide caption

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First-grade teacher Euginia Miller reads to her class at Avondale Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala. In this crucible of the civil rights movement, the city's schools are being reintegrated, as a handful of middle-class parents ignore the school district's poor reputation and enroll their kids in the city's public schools. Dan Carsen/WBHM hide caption

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James Meredith is escorted by U.S. Marshals. A riot broke out in 1962 when Meredith tried to enroll at the University of Mississippi. AP hide caption

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Families in a predominantly Latino youth soccer league gather for matches in Aurora. Hispanics make up nearly a third of the city's population, according to the 2010 Census. Megan Verlee for NPR hide caption

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