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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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Mulusew Bekele, director of program operations at African Services Committee based in New York City, supports the U.S. Census Bureau's efforts to collect more detailed data on black people's non-Hispanic origins on the 2020 census. "The more refined data, the better for public policy," he says. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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2020 Census Will Ask Black People About Their Exact Origins

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Former President Barack Obama and artist Kehinde Wiley unveil his portrait during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Behind The Obama Portraits: Artists Put Their Own Spin On A Presidential Tradition

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Samantha Pierce of Cleveland has a 7-year-old daughter, Camryn. In 2009, Pierce gave premature birth to twins. The babies did not survive. Scientists say black women lead more stressful lives, which makes them more likely to give birth prematurely and puts their babies at risk of dying. Dustin Franz for NPR hide caption

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How Racism May Cause Black Mothers To Suffer The Death Of Their Infants

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A view of Buffalo Bayou and downtown Houston. The dirt along the banks shows the extent of the flooding during Hurricane Harvey. Scott Dalton/for NPR hide caption

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Hurricane Harvey Flooded Houston's Theater District, But It Won't Stop The Shows

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Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel with teammates during the national anthem before playing the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in October. Michael Zagaris/Getty Images hide caption

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Melisande Short-Colomb, 63, is a descendant of slaves sold by the Jesuits to fund Georgetown University. She's enrolled as a freshman there and plans to major in African-American studies. Marvin Joseph/Getty Images hide caption

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Starting School At The University That Enslaved Her Ancestors

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When 'Where Are You From?' Takes You Someplace Unexpected

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Friends, family and activists gathered for a vigil Sunday outside the apartment building where Charleena Lyles was killed earlier that day. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Seattle Shooting Raises Questions About Officers' De-Escalation Efforts

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African-American students say they matriculated at Duke Divinity School expecting to enhance their calling with top-notch theological training at a prestigious program. But instead, they say, they entered a racial nightmare. Jackie O/Flickr/Creative Commons hide caption

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Yara Shahidi has to navigate complex racial issues both inside and outside the world of Black-ish. Rich Fury/Getty Images hide caption

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Listen to this week's podcast episode

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The Modern Newsroom Is Stuck Behind The Gender And Color Line

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Demonstrators protest United Airlines at O'Hare International Airport on April 11, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The protest was in response to airport police officers physically removing passenger Dr. David Dao from his seat and dragging him off the airplane, after he was requested to give up his seat for United Airline crew members on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky Sunday night. Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics Of Respectability And A Dragged Passenger

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Starsky Robotics is retrofitting large trucks to make them driverless. The startup hopes that by the end of the year, it will be able to operate a truck without a person physically sitting in the vehicle. Courtesy of Starsky Robotics hide caption

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A group of people walk on Castro Street, in the downtown portion of the Silicon Valley town of Mountain View, California, August 24, 2016. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images). Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images hide caption

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Writer-director Jordan Peele says that making Get Out represents his "truest passion." Rich Fury/Invision/AP hide caption

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'Get Out' Sprang From An Effort To Master Fear, Says Director Jordan Peele

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