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VP Pence makes speech at Fort McHenry [Video]

VP Pence makes speech at Fort McHenry

VP Pence makes speech at Fort McHenry

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Vice President Pence broadcasts RNC Speech from Fort McHenry [Video]

Vice President Pence broadcasts RNC Speech from Fort McHenry

On the third night of the Republican National Convention Vice President Mike Pence broadcasted his speech from Fort McHenry, his presence at Fort McHenry made it an eventful day across the city.

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washington begins its final goodbye to civil rights icon , congressman john lewis

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John Lewis crosses Alabama bridge one final time [Video]

John Lewis crosses Alabama bridge one final time

[NFA] A caisson bore the body of the lawmaker and civil rights icon who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 and was met with a bloody police crackdown that drew national awareness to the..

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Martin Luther King III To Newsy: The Dream Hasn't Happened Yet

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The Voting Rights Act was signed 55 years ago. Black women led the movement behind it

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