Former Democratic Sen. Fred Harris of Oklahoma, seen in August 2017, holds a copy of The Kerner Report, as he discusses its 50th anniversary. Harris is the last surviving member of the Kerner Commission.
Florence Kasumba (left), Angela Bassett and Leititia Wright appear in a scene from Marvel's Black Panther. Sociologist Darnell Hunt says the film's success "demonstrates what's possible beyond standard Hollywood practices."
Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter run at the 1968 Olympic Games, raise their fists to protest the inequity and discrimination that black people in the U.S. face.
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Gary Lum assists his daughter, Mei Lum, with decorating the storefront window at Wing on Wo & Co. for the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York City. The family imported the unique handmade lion-head dance costume from Hong Kong nearly 50 years ago.
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Thromentta Anderson, the owner of Pass Da Peas in northwest Milwaukee likes to greet customers by name and give them tokens toward free drinks. But he was glad to see new faces during Black Restaurant Week.
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The student newspaper reports the white male professor used the racial slur multiple times during the following discussion, despite increasingly strong objections from some students.