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Protest to improve safety for schoolchildren, Los Angeles, 1966. Pictured are Leon Washington (front left) and Marnesba Tillmon Tackett (far right). Tackett, a civil rights activist, worked to desegregate Los Angeles public schools. Harry Adams Collection. Institute for Arts and Media Photographs.

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