American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger (left) adopted and helped popularize "We Shall Overcome" by teaching the song at rallies and protests. Here he sings with activists in Greenwood, Miss., in 1963. Adger Cowans/Getty Images hide caption

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The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome'
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Kochiyama looks at a memorial for World War II Japanese-American internees at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Rohwer, Ark., in 2004. Mike Wintroath/AP hide caption

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Not Just A 'Black Thing': An Asian-American's Bond With Malcolm X
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Bob Moses works with Jennifer Augustine, Guitoscard Denize, Darius Collins and other students who are part of this Algebra Project classroom. It's one of several student cohorts across the country where students who've struggled with math get to college-level by the end of high school. Christopher Connelly/NPR hide caption

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To '60s Civil Rights Hero, Math Is Kids' Formula For Success
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Amiri Baraka leaves the polling place after voting in Newark, N.J., in 2010. Amiri's son, Ras Baraka, is currently running for mayor. Patti Sapone/Star Ledger/Corbis hide caption

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Mary Hamilton was found in contempt of court in Alabama, when she refused to answer questions after the prosecution addressed her only by her first name. The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled in her favor. AP hide caption

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Mary Hamilton, The Woman Who Put The 'Miss' In Court
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Ruby and The Romantics' hit song "Our Day Will Come" wasn't necessarily political — but it resonated with listeners' feelings about the civil rights movement in 1963. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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A Racial Divide, Diminished: What Was On The Radio In 1963
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The Freedom Singers make several appearances in our mix of songs inspired by the civil rights movement — a collection that ranges from 1963 to the present day. Joe Alper hide caption

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Songs Inspired By The Civil Rights Movement

Underlying the sweetness of Kyu Sakamoto's unexpected hit song "Sukiyaki" was a story of sadness and loss. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bittersweet At No. 1: How A Japanese Song Topped The Charts In 1963
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When played on the radio in 1963, songs like Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" were code to Birmingham youths, telling them to assemble. Jan Persson/Redferns hide caption

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Shake, Rattle And Rally: Code Songs Spurred Activism In Birmingham
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The Desegregation Of Birmingham's Golf Courses
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A 17-year-old Civil Rights demonstrator is attacked by a police dog in Birmingham, Ala., on May 3, 1963. This image led the front page of the next day's New York Times. Bill Hudson/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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How The Civil Rights Movement Was Covered In Birmingham
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A Look Back At How Newspapers Covered The Civil Rights Movement
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