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Biden was most assuredly not alone on the monochrome color train. Newly minted Vice President Kamala Harris opted for a single color palette for her history-making swearing in. In her case it was purple, one of the colors that featured prominently in her earlier campaign for the White House. According to CNN’s Abby Phillip, the color was a nod to the trail-blazing Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to U.S. Congress who ran for president in 1972, but it can also be seen as a symbolic uniting of red and blue — as in the red state and blue state divisions that have characterized the country for the last four years.

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Former first lady Michelle Obama was named the most-admired woman for the third straight year in Gallup's annual survey of Americans. Gallup asked, "What woman that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most?" Here are the top 10 most-admired women:

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A look at voters in Detroit and their thoughts about mail-in voting. The head of Voter Protection in South Carolina argues that President Trump’s negative remarks about mail-in voting are isolating communities of color from the voting process. 

A Tulsa Public Schools committee got it right with its recommendation that a newly merged elementary school be named after Dr. John Hope Franklin — a scholar, role model and local hero.

The school will combine prekindergarten through fifth grade students who formerly attended ECDC/Bunche and Gilcrease elementaries. The school will be located at the former home of Bunche near 56th Street North and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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Sales for Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” continue to skyrocket. According to publisher Penguin Random House, the book has sold more than 10 million copies — including hardcover, audiobooks and e-books — since its November release. That puts it near the top, if not the pinnacle, of all-time memoir sales.

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