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Progress on race, but not enough, poll finds

Fewer than 1 in 3 black Americans and not even half of whites say the United States has made “a lot” of progress toward achieving racial equality in the half-century since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. declared he had a dream that one day his children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

As the nation is poised to observe the 50th anniversary next week of the King-led March on Washington, a poll and an accompanying analysis of racial disparities by the Pew Research Center concludes that while five decades’ progress has been palpable on some fronts, King’s goal remains elusive on others.

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