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Country legend Jerry Jeff Walker poses backstage at a country music festival in 2009. Walker, best known for his hit "Mr. Bojangles," died Friday after complications from throat cancer. He was 78. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Bernard Cohen in a 1970s campaign poster when he ran for the Virginia House of Delegates. As a lawyer he successfully argued the Supreme Court case that established the legality of interracial marriage. He died this week at age 86. Cohen family hide caption

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New York Times writer & panel moderator Jim Dwyer. The Brooklyn Heights Association's meeting at St Francis College concluded with community service awards to Brooklyn Heights activists, and a panel discussion of the pros & cons of the proposed Brooklyn-Queens trolley system. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Remembering Jim Dwyer, New York's Subway Storyteller, Pulitzer Prize Winner

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Kuwait state television announced Tuesday that the country's ruler, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, pictured last year at the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Saudi Arabia, has died. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Gale Sayers, who held or shared 12 NFL records when he retired, has died at age 77. He famously dedicated an award to his friend and teammate Brian Piccolo. Bettmann Archive via Getty Images hide caption

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Guess How Much I Love You™ © 2015 Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram. Guess How Much I Love You™ is a registered trademark of Walker Books Ltd, London. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London. Candlewick Press hide caption

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In this May 28, 1957, photo, Rev. Robert S. Graetz, center, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, left, talk outside the witness room during a bombing trial in Montgomery, Ala. Graetz, the only white minister to support the Montgomery Bus Boycott, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. He was 92. AP hide caption

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Robert Graetz, Only White Pastor To Back Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dies At 92

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Anita Hill speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in October 2018 in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Fortune hide caption

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Anita Hill Reflects On Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Gender Equality Legacy

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