Saginaw, Michigan - Civil Rights Hero

On this day in 1965, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. led more than 3,000 demonstrators in the historic week-long march from Selma, Alabama to the state Capitol in Montgomery to raise awareness of the struggle African Americans faced in exercising their right to vote.

One of those demonstrators was 'JIM LETHERER from SAGINAW, MICHIGAN'. A civil rights activist and amputee, Letherer marched the full 53-mile distance on one leg. He lost his leg to cancer at a young age and was told growing up that he would never live a “normal” life. That motivated Letherer to support equal rights for everyone regardless of race, beliefs or abilities, and he spent the rest of his life fighting for civil rights.

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Struggling Mom Is Surprised On Behalf Of Daughter

In 2014, a young mom named Natalie Koltes was about to be evicted from her Las Vegas home of three years. She was trying her hardest to make ends meet, but could no longer afford to pay rent. The building management continued giving her extra chances, but time was running out.

But there was someone else whose survival Natalie was more concerned with than her own — her nine-year-old daughter, Ariel.

Ariel would watch her worried mom pack and then unpack their belongings, constantly questioning their fate. She feared they would be thrown out onto the streets with nowhere else to go.

“Her mind right now is on her mom and how are they gonna make rent,” FOX5 reporter Stefanie Jay says. “No 9-year-old should ever, ever have to worry about something like that.”

One day, Ariel decided to do something big… without telling Natalie about it. She snuck a letter to the mailman and sent it off to the FOX5 Surprise Squad behind her mother’s back.

Natalie had no idea what to expect when a news crew showed up to tell her about her daughter’s letter… and what this incredible group of strangers were planning to do with it.

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Louisiana sheriff's deputy killed on rape investigation had been honored for saving life

A deputy from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office was fatally shot late Saturday night while conducting an investigation into an alleged rape, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police said.

Today, a news release confirmed the identity of the slain deputy as Sgt. Shawn Anderson.

"Sgt. Shawn Anderson died following a struggle in which shots were fired," a statement from the department read. "He and another deputy had responded to a business as part of a rape investigation. »

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One-Armed Basketball Star Is Viral Sensation

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Towering at 6'3", Trashaun Willis averages roughly 15 points a game on the basketball court.

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The 14-year-old became an internet sensation after a video of him surfaced in which he made an amazing dunk in the middle of a game without a left arm.

Willis has been without it his entire life. Born with amniotic band syndrome, Willis' limb was prevented from growing.

"I knew I could do things if I really put my mind to it," Willis told NBC News. "I was born without an arm, but it doesn't make me any different from anyone else."

Towering at 6'3", Trashaun Willis averages roughly 15 points a game on the basketball court.

The 14-year-old became an internet sensation after a video of him surfaced in which he made an amazing dunk in the middle of a game without a left arm.

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Homeless Sisters Run For Gold at Brooklyn Track Club

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The Sheppard sisters are running sensations, but it's what the three young girls are running from that makes them extraordinary.

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Tai, 12, Rainn, 11, and Brooke, 9, run hurdles, distance, and high jump, respectively.

When the girls' half-brother was fatally shot, their family fell on hard times and was evicted from their home. They have lived in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood since September of 2015.

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Arkansas Gov. Backs Separate Martin Luther King, Robert E. Lee Days

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The Republican governor has been pushing to separate the joint celebration after critics said it was an insult to the memory of Martin Luther King.

arkansas-gov.jpg Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson endorsed a measure on Wednesday to have the state honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King and Confederate General Robert E. Lee on separate days, rather than together, but said passing it would be an uphill battle.

The Republican governor has been pushing to separate the joint celebration, in effect since 1985, after critics said it was an insult to the memory of King, who battled to end racial segregation, to share a day with a man who fought to preserve slavery.

“It gives us a chance to show respect for one another,” Hutchinson told a news conference.

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An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park

When Reverend Christopher Rush laid the cornerstone of the First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1853, he placed in it a time capsule, a box that contained a bible, a hymn book, and copies of two New York papers, The Tribune and The Sun. These were mementos for future New Yorkers.

Prominent abolitionist Albro Lyons and Mary Joseph Lyons were residents of Seneca Village.

Rush, who escaped slavery and became the second ordained bishop of the AME Zion Church, also delivered the church’s first sermon. He read in part from the First Epistle of Peter, an address to the oppressed and persecuted, assuring the congregation that “although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials,” salvation would reward those who kept the faith.

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A 7-Year-Old Wrote to Google to Ask for a Job — Here’s the CEO’s Response

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Don't ask, don't get, right? On that principle, seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater, who lives in Hereford, UK, wrote a letter to Google asking for a job.

"After seeing images of Google offices with their bean bags, go-karts and slides, my 7-year-old daughter decided to write to Google to see if they would give her a job," Andy Bridgewater wrote on LinkedIn.

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Bridgewater provided CNBC with the original letter, addressed to "google boss":

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Yale Renames Calhoun College Over Ties to Slavery and White Supremacy. The move prompted a Fox News personality to quit his position at the university.

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Yale University announced over the weekend it will rename its Calhoun College due to its namesake having ties to slave ownership and white supremacy. This reverses Yale President Peter Salovey’s previous announcement that the name would remain, despite student protests calling for a change.

Calhoun College was named after John C. Calhoun, who served as the seventh Vice President of the United States.

“The decision to change a college’s name is not one we take lightly, but John C. Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately promoted slavery as a ‘positive good’ fundamentally conflicts with Yale’s mission and values,” Salovey said.

Students and staff alike celebrated the news over the weekend, the Washington Post reported.

“The minute that the announcement came out, people stuck their heads out of the window and yelled, ‘Wahoo!’ ” said sociology professor Julia Adams.

Lindsey Hogg, a senior, called the decision a victory for the school.

“No matter how you look at this, it’s a win,” she said. “Yale did the right thing, finally.”

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Russia Considers Returning Snowden to U.S. to ‘Curry Favor’ With Trump: Official

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U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a "gift" to President Donald Trump — who has called the NSA leaker a "spy" and a "traitor" who deserves to be executed.

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That's according to a senior U.S. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations and who says a Snowden handover is one of various ploys to "curry favor" with Trump. A second source in the intelligence community confirms the intelligence about the Russian conversations and notes it has been gathered since the inauguration.

Snowden's ACLU lawyer, Ben Wizner, told NBC News they are unaware of any plans that would send him back to the United States.

"Team Snowden has received no such signals and has no new reason for concern," Wizner said.

Snowden responded to NBC's report on Twitter and said it shows that he did not work with the Russian government.

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Boyfriend Buys Chicken-Nugget Bouquet for Girlfriend Who Hates Flowers

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What do you get your girlfriend who hates flowers? Chicken nuggets, of course.

At least that's what one college student in Manila, Philippines, did for his girlfriend to celebrate their one-month anniversary.

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Rico Villanueva's girlfriend Annika Aguinaldo shared photos of her chicken-nugget bouquet on Twitter.

"I told him I didn't like flowers, so he got me a bouquet of chicken nuggets, and I pretty much became the happiest girl on the planet," her caption read.

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Apple’s Leaders ‘Presently Fail’ to Represent Diversity: Shareholders

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The tech giant has opposed a more diverse hiring strategy for senior management roles and its board of directors. apple-ceo-tim-cook.jpg Apple’s shareholders this month will vote to try and increase diversity within management, a proposal being pushed by its major investors. Despite conclusive data showing that diversity in management is critical for a company’s performance, Apple’s management says the proposed policy is “not necessary.”

The annual shareholders meeting on Feb. 28 is slated to feature a number of proposals, including Proposal No. 6, which calls for “an accelerated recruitment policy” for senior management roles and its board of directors — both of which, according to shareholders, “presently fail to adequately represent diversity and inclusion.”

Apple has opposed Proposal No. 6 and is encouraging shareholders to vote against it.

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Britain Debates High Heels — Can Employers Require Them

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A British woman who refused an employer's demand that she wear high heels has ignited a national debate over discrimination — not to mention a government inquiry and a demand that the prime minister herself kick off her heels as an example.

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Nicola Thorp arrived for work at an agency that supplied temporary receptionists to other companies in December 2015, according to a parliamentary report issued this week.

She was wearing dressy flats but was told that the agency, Portico, required women to wear two- to four-inch heels. Thorp could go out and buy some, she was told. She refused and was sent home without pay.

But that was just the beginning of the story.

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President Obama: Talk of a Post-Racial America Not Realistic

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In an emotional farewell address, Obama discussed American values and race in the U.S., and gave a tribute to his wife and daughters.

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The hashtag ObamaFarewell trended on Twitter Tuesday night as the first African American president of the United States, Barack Obama, gave his final speech to the country. Obama pressed Americans to reject discrimination and stand up for U.S. values during the presidency of Donald Trump.

Coming full circle to his hometown of Chicago, where he announced his candidacy and celebrated his election in 2008, Obama spoke about the state of race relations in America.

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