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Poll: Half of Americans say racial equality is not yet a reality

Five decades after Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, a new poll finds that fewer than half of all Americans feel the United States has made substantial progress toward racial equality. President Barack Obama is expected to mark the 50th anniversary of the speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial next week.

In Selma, income inequality, education and race still deeply intertwined

SELMA, Alabama —  As the nation’s first African-American president begins his second White House term, many in Selma say the expectations that Obama created are far from being fulfilled. They worry that progress in race relations is challenged by rising income inequality, a reality that cuts across racial lines but that economists say affects the black population in America far more acutely than whites.

Martin Luther King Jr. honored with Day of Service (VIDEO)

Described as a "day on, not a day off," the MLK Day of Service encourages people to take voluntary action that will help others, in the spirit of Martin Luther King's vision of a mutually supportive "beloved community."

Obamas celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in church

First family commemorated the civil rights leader's 83rd birthday at Washington's Zion Baptist Church with a passage from King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
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