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Obama Awards Bayard Rustin The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin is shown at the N.Y. Hilton in this Dec. 14, 1970 photo.
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Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin is shown at the N.Y. Hilton in this Dec. 14, 1970 photo.

Months before Martin Luther King Jr. declared "I Have a Dream" to galvanize a crowd of thousands, Bayard Rustin was planning all the essential details to make the 1963 March on Washington a success.

Rustin, who died in 1987, is sometimes forgotten in Civil Rights history. He was a Quaker and pacifist who opposed the Vietnam War and had flirted with communism. He was also gay and often considered an outcast.

Fifty years later, Rustin's legacy is a key part of the March anniversary. Civil rights leaders are planning an unprecedented inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people this month as part of a larger movement calling for equal rights for all.

President Obama also plans to honor Rustin this year with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Exhibit Shows Dolores Huerta's Life As Part Of The 'Backbone' Of America

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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

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