Scottish explorer Mungo Park was among the first Europeans to view the Mandinka tribe's masked dancers who were known as Maamajomboo. He translated the word as "mumbo jumbo.' This 1797 illustration from Park's book, "Travels In The Interior Districts of Africa" shows a view of Kamalia village in Mandinka country. DeAgostini/Getty Images hide caption

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Ralph Ellison in 1957, four years after his novel Invisible Man won the National Book Award. Ellison died in 1994. James Whitmore/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth

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Jeopardy Champ Arthur Chu On Nerds, Entitlement And Elliot Rodger

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'Belle': Romance, Race And Slavery With Jane Austen Style

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A photograph of Parminder Singh Shergill is displayed during his funeral services at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, Calif., on Feb. 8. Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee hide caption

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Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community

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#YesAllWomen Puts Spotlight On Misogyny

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On Reparations: 'We're Going To Be In For A Fight'

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Since 1989, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has introduced into each session of Congress a bill called HR 40, Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Singing Star Of All-Black Cowboy Movies, Herb Jeffries, Dies

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