1968: How We Got Here It was a remarkable year that brought upheaval and progress on civil rights, politics, and technology. And helps us explain how we got where we are today, 50 years later.

Pope Paul VI acknowledges cheers as standing on platform in Bogota, Colombia, on Aug. 22, 1968. AP hide caption

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50 Years Ago, The Pope Called Birth Control 'Intrinsically Wrong'

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One of several murals of Robert Kennedy is displayed at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles. Kyle Grillot for NPR hide caption

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50 Years After His Death, Making RFK More Than A Ghost And A Mural

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Robert F. Kennedy stands in an open-top convertible and shakes hands with members of a crowd as he campaigns for the democratic Presidential nomination in Detroit on May 15, 1968. Andrew Sacks/Getty Images hide caption

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The Education Of Bobby Kennedy — On Race

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What Gun Violence Protesters Can Learn From 1968's Chicano Blowouts

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A man flies the French tricolor flag over crowds marching to the Arc de Triomphe during the Paris students' strike. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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In France, The Protests Of May 1968 Reverberate Today — And Still Divide The French

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David Kennerly says this 1968 photo of his, taken in Los Angeles at the beginning of Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign, captures what it meant to cover the chaotic and carefree period as a photojournalist. "Everybody could get close, everybody wanted to," he says. David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images hide caption

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The mule train comes into the Washington area against a late afternoon sky in June of 1968. The caravan left Marks, Miss., for the nation's capital on May 13 to participate in the Poor People's Campaign. Bob Daugherty/AP hide caption

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How A Mule Train From Marks, Miss., Kicked Off MLK's Poor People Campaign

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Actors rehearse a dance scene for the 1968 London production of the musical Hair. Larry Ellis/Getty Images hide caption

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'Hair' At 50: Going Gray, But Its Youthful Optimism Remains Bouncy And Full-Bodied

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Britain's Conservative Party politician Enoch Powell, right, listens to two demonstrators in Canada in April 1968, reading a petition that describes him as a "racist." AP hide caption

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An Anti-Immigration Speech Divided Britain 50 Years Ago. It Still Echoes Today

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Coretta Scott King, center, accompanied by the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, her children, and singer Harry Belafonte, leads a march in Memphis to honor her husband who was assassinated four days earlier. AP hide caption

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After MLK's Death, Coretta Scott King Went To Memphis To Finish His Work

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Fire shoots out from a Baltimore store on Gay Street as looting erupted in a five-block business section in Baltimore on April 6, 1968. Police sealed off the area. AP hide caption

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50 Years Ago Baltimore Burned. The Same Issues Set It Aflame In 2015

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Bobby Hutton: The Killing That Catapulted The Black Panthers To Fame

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King and Ralph Abernathy. Charles Kelly/AP hide caption

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Despite Swirl Of Conspiracy Theories, Investigators Say The MLK Case Is Closed

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Remembering Robert F. Kennedy's Speech After Martin Luther King's Assassination

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Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking to a mass meeting at the Mason Temple in support of striking sanitation workers. Memphis Press-Scimitar/University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections hide caption

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When MLK Was Killed, He Was In Memphis Fighting For Economic Justice

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President Lyndon B. Johnson is shown during his nationwide television broadcast from the White House on March 31, 1968. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

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Remembering 1968: LBJ Surprises Nation With Announcement He Won't Seek Re-Election

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Tenor Rinde Eckert performs the role of Vietnam veteran Hugh Thompson, Jr. in My Lai. Ryan Hartford/CAP UCLA hide caption

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50 Years After The My Lai Massacre, An Opera Confronts The Past

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Lt. William Calley during his court martial in 1971. AP hide caption

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50 Years On, My Lai Massacre Remains A Gaping Wound

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Sen. Eugene McCarthy, D-Minn., waves to supporters in his campaign headquarters, March 13, 1968, the day after the New Hampshire primary showed strong support for his opposition to the Vietnam war. Anonymous/AP hide caption

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