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From left Bishop James Shannon, Rabbi Abraham Heschel, Dr. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington Cemetery, February 6, 1968. Charles Del Vecchio/Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Who Put The 'Hispanic' In Hispanic Heritage Month?

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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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Chairman and CEO Linda Johnson Rice speaks at Ebony magazine's Power 100 Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., last December. Earl Gibson III/Getty Images hide caption

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#EbonyOwes: 99 Problems And Money Is One

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Omaha, Neb., on April 20. Sanders has been criticized for a recent line of questioning toward a Trump administration nominee, which focused on the man's religious beliefs about damnation. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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"What the American Founding Fathers understood was that institutions were built for human imperfection, not human perfection," Condoleezza Rice says. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Condoleezza Rice Reflects On The State Of Democracy

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U.S. artist Ryan Mendoza poses for a photo next to the former house of Afro-American human rights figure Rosa Parks on Mendoza's property on April 6, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Mendoza bought the house, which was slated for demolition in Detroit, took it apart, shipped it to Germany, and put it back together again on the property next to his studio. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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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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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, left, checks her phone Tuesday after taking a photo as President Trump and leaders of historically black colleges and universities pose for a group photo in the Oval Office. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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We continue conversations on President Barack Obama's racial legacy--this time, we hear opinions on where he fell short or failed people of color. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption

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Obama's Legacy: Callouts and Fallouts

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