A menorah is installed outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on the first night of Hanukkah.The synagogue was the site of a mass shooting in October. It was one of a number of tragedies and revelations that made 2018 a difficult year for the city of Pittsburgh.
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Supporters of convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal rally outside the federal courthouse in 2010. A judge in Philadelphia has reinstated appeal rights to former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal who has long maintained his innocence as his case gained international attention.
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A video still shows Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson getting his hair cut on Dec. 19, in Buena, N.J., after referee Alan Maloney told Johnson he would forfeit the match if he did not have his dreadlocks cut.
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Micah Swimmer oversees a class of Eastern Band Cherokee language learners at the New Kituwah Academy in Cherokee, N.C. Behind him, a bulletin board displays the names of the few remaining fluent speakers of his Cherokee dialect.
Then-U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) poses with members of a mariachi band during an October 2018 campaign rally in San Antonio, Texas. O'Rourke is one of a score of Democratic politicians talking more explicitly about issues of race than previous generations of Democrats.
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Paul Buckley and his son, Mason, with his wife, Cheryl Becker, and daughter, Ariel Becker. The family's desire to adopt Mason was almost derailed by the Indian Child Welfare Act.
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In the 1940s, Rosanell Eaton became one of the first African Americans in North Carolina to successfully register to vote sicne Reconstruction. In her 90s, she became a vocal opponent of the state's voter ID laws, which disproportionately affected black voters.
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Flanked by attorney Ben Crump, Emantic Bradford Sr. discusses the results of a forensic examination on his son Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., who was fatally shot by police after a shooting in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving Day, after being mistaken for a suspect.