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A lethal injection gurney is seen at the at Nevada State Prison, a former penitentiary in Carson City, Nev., in 2022. Emily Najera for NPR hide caption

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States botched more executions of Black prisoners. Experts think they know why

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Author Cristina Henriquez next to the cover of her new novel, The Great Divide. Brian McConkey/Ecco hide caption

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Artist Faith Ringgold sits before her quilt "Tar Beach" in 1993. The artwork also inspired a children's book of the same name. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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Faith Ringgold, quilt and visual artist, dies at 93

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O.J. Simpson listens as Judge Lance Ito announces that the jury in the Simpson trial had reached a verdict. The verdict in the OJ Simpson case highlighted racial divisions in how Americans viewed the American justice system. Simpson died this week at 76 years old. MYUNG CHUN/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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O.J. Simpson's trial divided the nation. What legacy does he leave behind?

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Frederick Douglass visited Ireland in 1845 to drum up support for abolition. That launched generations of solidarity between Black civil rights and Irish republican activists. Jackie Lay/NPR hide caption

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Nakala Murry (shown right) could potentially lose custody of her three kids after a Mississippi police officer shot and wounded her son, 11-year-old Aderrien Murry (shown left) in May 2023 after calling 911 for a domestic incident at the family's home. Nakala Murry hide caption

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It may not seem like it at first, but race is also a part of our taxes and who gets audited. LA Johnson/Getty/design by NPR hide caption

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Melba Pattillo Beals, 82, went on to receive a master's degree from Columbia University and a doctoral degree at the University of San Francisco. USF Office of Marketing Communications hide caption

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Sikhs hold a rally in Sacramento, California ahead of a March 31 referendum for independence. Sandhya Dirks/NPR hide caption

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Sikhs in California vote on independence from India

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore speaks to reporters near the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 27, 2024 in Baltimore, Md. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Baltimore bridge collapse has put the spotlight on Maryland's young Black governor

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Checkboxes for race and ethnicity on government forms will include more choices

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The Biden administration has approved proposals for the U.S. census and federal surveys to change how Latinos are asked about their race and ethnicity and to add a checkbox for "Middle Eastern or North African." RLT_Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Next U.S. census will have new boxes for 'Middle Eastern or North African,' 'Latino'

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Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama alongside Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. William Lovelace/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Fractures in the Grand Alliance between Black and Jewish Americans

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People walk through a busy street in Chinatown in New York City. About 11% of Chinese Americans live in poverty, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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What's the best way to revitalize a language? In the Lakota Nation, that's very much up for debate. Jackie Lay/NPR hide caption

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Alissa Pili #35 of the Utah Utes is introduced before the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at McCarthey Athletic Center on March 25, 2024, in Spokane, Wash. Steph Chambers/Getty Images hide caption

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Police investigating racial harassment of NCAA women's basketball team in Idaho

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Professional speed skier Ross Anderson holds some of the trophies he won during the 2000-01 winter season. As an indigenous athlete and person of color, Anderson was a trailblazer in professional skiing. Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald/AP hide caption

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J.J. Holmes was recognized this year among the News Service of Florida's 40 under 40 for his advocacy work for people with disabilities. The News Service's Dara Kam hosted the ceremony. Erich Martin hide caption

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