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An amazing true story of a young woman, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr, and her travels to the South to help register African American voters.

While we’re constantly reminded of the civil rights leaders who worked in front, those who were behind the scenes often go unrecognized. Ella Baker is one of those people. An active civil rights leader in the 1930s, Ms. Baker fought for civil rights for five decades, working alongside W.E.B Dubois, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr. She even mentored well-known civil rights activist, Rosa Parks.

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On this day in history: One week after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Johnson signs into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which banned housing discrimination. (Courtesy Library of Congress)