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Democratic House members, including Representative Joe Courtney (L) and Rep. John Lewis (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2016.  REUTERS/Representative John Yarmuth/Handout

Democratic House members, including Representative Joe Courtney (L) and Rep. John Lewis (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Representative John Yarmuth/Handout

Democratic House members, including Representative Joe Courtney (L) and Rep. John Lewis (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Representative John Yarmuth/Handout
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (2nd R) holds hands with Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.) (2nd L) as they sing with House Democrats after their sit-in over gun-control law on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (2nd R) holds hands with Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.) (2nd L) as they sing with House Democrats after their sit-in over gun-control law on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri...more

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (2nd R) holds hands with Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.) (2nd L) as they sing with House Democrats after their sit-in over gun-control law on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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Hundreds of thousands of marchers gather around the reflecting pool to listen to Martin Luther King Jr. speak during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. REUTERS/Rowland Scherman/U.S. National Archives

Hundreds of thousands of marchers gather around the reflecting pool to listen to Martin Luther King Jr. speak during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. REUTERS/Rowland Scherman/U.S. National Archives

Hundreds of thousands of marchers gather around the reflecting pool to listen to Martin Luther King Jr. speak during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. REUTERS/Rowland Scherman/U.S. National Archives
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Votings rights marchers right before they walked on to the Edmnund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965. John Lewis, at the front of the line, wears a tan raincoat

Votings rights marchers right before they walked on to the Edmnund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965. John Lewis, at the front of the line, wears a tan raincoat ...more

Votings rights marchers right before they walked on to the Edmnund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965. John Lewis, at the front of the line, wears a tan raincoat
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Police attack the voting rights march in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 1965. REUTERS/National Park Service

Police attack the voting rights march in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 1965. REUTERS/National Park Service

Police attack the voting rights march in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 1965. REUTERS/National Park Service
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Martin Luther King Jr. REUTERS/Rowland Scherman/U.S. National Archives

Martin Luther King Jr. REUTERS/Rowland Scherman/U.S. National Archives

Martin Luther King Jr. REUTERS/Rowland Scherman/U.S. National Archives
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President Lyndon B. Johnson talking with Martin Luther King Jr. in the White House. Courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library

President Lyndon B. Johnson talking with Martin Luther King Jr. in the White House. Courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library

President Lyndon B. Johnson talking with Martin Luther King Jr. in the White House. Courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library
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