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Say their names. Rest in power.

Over the past seven weeks, I’ve shared the stories of forty-eight Black Americans who died unjustly, often at the hands of the police. Oscar Grant, 22, killed 1/1/2009 Ayiana Stanley-Jones, 7, killed 5/16/2010 Trayvon Martin, 17, killed 2/26/2012 Rekia Boyd, … Continue reading

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Terrill Thomas

Terrill Thomas loved cars. The 38-year-old father of six had a passion for luxury cars, a world far removed from his relatively poor upbringing in Milwaukee. T-Buck, as he was known to his friends, was a joyous fellow who loved … Continue reading

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Renisha McBride

Renisha McBride was her daddy’s little baby. The 19-year-old was the younger of the two inseparable McBride sisters. Ne-Ne – as her friends and family knew her – was a 5-foot-4 bundle of energy, a cheerleader who had a knack … Continue reading

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Laquan McDonald

Laquan McDonald was resilient. Born to a single 14-year-old mother in Chicago’s dangerous West Side, he and his younger sister were second-generation wards of the state. They were shuttled in and out of foster homes, suffering from neglect, abuse, and … Continue reading

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Pamela Turner

Pamela Turner liked to help out. The 44-year-old Baytown, Texas, resident was the mother of two children, and a brand-new grandmother. She was a sweet and caring, the kind of person who made friends quickly. (She was also loved to … Continue reading

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