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Historic Oakland Cemetery and Atlanta Skyline
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Growing up in the 1950s, William Bell had to enter Birmingham's segregated Lyric Theatre though a side entrance, marked "COLORED," that was walled-off from the elegant lobby. He climbed a dimly lit stairwell to watch movies from the steep balcony where black patrons had to sit for generations.

Now the mayor of Birmingham, Bell recalls the Lyric's beauty, but also the way it isolated black people.

Each of the tens of thousands of names etched into the reflective granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., represents not only a person who died in the name of service to country but also a face, a hometown, a personal past and loved ones left behind.

David Goldman / Associated Press

More than 30 years ago, Donald Trump bought a franchise in the upstart United States Football League. He then led his fellow owners to sue the NFL in a high-stakes antitrust case. 

The head-on challenge and his ownership of the New Jersey Generals was an early testing ground for the swashbuckling approach that the celebrity businessman-turned-Republican presidential candidate has brought to his 2016 campaign.

A World War II veteran has embarked on a 10,500-mile journey to visit his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart.

93-year-old Norwood Thomas boarded a plane from Norfolk to Australia on Sunday to reunite with Joyce Morris, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

They first met in London shortly before D-Day but ended up going their separate ways after the war had ended.

Thomas calls Morris "the one that got away."

Charles Kelly / AP Photo

Back in the days of black-and-white television, Atlanta was separated – physically, economically and socially – along color lines. 

Atlanta's Sweet Auburn neighborhood, located along Auburn Avenue (formerly known as Wheat Street), served as the economic and social center for the city's African-American community. This neighborhood rose to prominence because of the city's segregation laws, but by the mid-1900s had fostered a community of individuals ready to challenge the entire Jim Crow system.

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