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Artist Sam Gilliam is known for his vibrant, draped fabrics such as Swing from 1969. Smithsonian American Art Museum hide caption

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Hard At Work At 84, Artist Sam Gilliam Has 'Never Felt Better'

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Oran Z. Belgrave, founder of the now defunct Oran Z's Black Facts & Wax Museum in Los Angeles, stands in front of the shipping containers that have held most of the contents of his independent African-American history museum since it closed in 2011. Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura hide caption

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Through A Looking Glass Of Black Americana: The Long, Strange Journey Of Oran Z

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From March 4 to September 3, conservator Chris Stavroudis is part of the exhibition Jackson Pollock's Number 1, 1949: A Conservation Treatment at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Brian Forrest/The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles hide caption

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A Jackson Pollock Painting Gets A Touch-Up — And The Public's Invited To Watch

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Cartoonist Charles Schulz debuted his comic strip Peanuts' first black character, Franklin, on July 31, 1968. Peanuts Worldwide LLC hide caption

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'Peanuts' First Black Character Franklin Turns 50

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Abdul-Azeez Buba, 33, Borno, Nigeria: "Before Boko Haram attacked my community, I was a successful building engineer. I made a lot of money from constructing houses." Etinosa Yvonne Osayimwen/Courtesy of www.etinosayvonne.me hide caption

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An architectural rendering shows the proposed design for a memorial on the Emanuel AME Church grounds, showing the fellowship benches and names fountain as seen from Calhoun Street in Charleston, S.C. Image Courtesy Dbox for The Mother Emanuel Nine Memorial / Handel Architects hide caption

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These pointed-toe laced pumps, circa 1964, are made of green suede and grosgrain ribbon. Glenn Castellano/New-York Historical Society hide caption

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Get Pumped: 100+ Fabulous Pairs Of Shoes Are On View In New York

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Ville Fantome. This construction has the largest footprint of the artist's cityscape dioramas. The skyscrapers represent different countries. For instance, the gold-and-silver tower is emblazoned with USA. Mark Abramson for NPR hide caption

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Los Angeles police arrest a Chicano student protester in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights in 1970. This image is seen on the cover to George Rodriguez's new book, Double Vision. George Rodriguez/all images courtesy of Hat & Beard Press hide caption

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Chicano Protests And Celebrity Portraits: George Rodriguez's Los Angeles

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The National Museum of the American Indian announced its winning design for the National Native American Veterans Memorial. National Museum of the American Indian hide caption

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Smithsonian Reveals Winning Design For New Native American Veterans Memorial

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A 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as an official searches her mother in McAllen, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border, earlier this month. For many, the image has become indelibly associated with a Trump administration policy that for weeks separated migrant children from their parents — but the girl's father says she was not separated from her mother. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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First lady Melania Trump leaves Joint Base Andrews in Maryland wearing a jacket with the words "I REALLY DON'T CARE. DO U?" after her visit Thursday with migrant children who are being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Old In Art School': An MFA Inspires A Memoir Of Age

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