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Ben Jealous was the NAACP's youngest president and one of Bernie Sanders' earliest supporters. Jealous then became a venture capitalist investing in startups. Now he is seeking office in Maryland. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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The Missouri state chapter of the NAACP had issued an advisory of its own in June, urging travelers to "pay special attention while in the state of Missouri and certainly if contemplating spending time in Missouri." h2kyaks/Flickr hide caption

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Attendees stand behind a sign with the NAACP's logo at a 2015 rally in Washington, D.C. The civil rights group is holding its annual convention in Baltimore this year. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NAACP President Cornell Brooks speaks on the eve of President Trump's inauguration outside Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York on Jan. 19. After three years under Brooks' leadership, NAACP is looking for a new president. Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., attends a meeting on Capitol Hill on Nov. 29, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump says he plans to nominate Sessions as U.S. attorney general. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, said at a press conference Wednesday that Donald Trump "clings to the hateful and intolerant rhetoric of this country's shameful history — a history that we know all too well." Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the NAACP National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 18, 2016. JAY LAPRETE/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Clinton On Police Murders: 'This Madness Has To Stop'

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Benjamin Epstein, director of the Anti-Defamation League, stands on Martin Luther King Jr.'s right in this photo with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, taken June 22, 1963. Abbie Rowe/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum hide caption

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Anti-Defamation League Chief Faces Challenge Trying To Renew Civil Rights Activism

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The sign, a private marker placed by the NAACP, and approved by the National Park Service, as it now stands in Army Park. Christopher Blank/WKNO-FM hide caption

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Do The Words 'Race Riot' Belong On A Historic Marker In Memphis?

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Civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams speaks during the memorial service for the late civil rights leader Julian Bond, who succeeded her as leader of the NAACP, on Tuesday at the Lincoln Theater in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Civil Rights Luminaries Remember Julian Bond As A Dogged Advocate

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Is Obama Finally Becoming The President African-Americans Wanted?

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Williams is believed to be buried in the Taylor Cemetery in Brownsville, Tenn. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Tennessee Community Pushes To Reopen 'Civil Rights Hero' Cold Case

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