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Across the country, students of color have been demanding change from their schools. At one Denver school, the push for a more inclusive and diverse curriculum came last year, from a group of African American high school students at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College.

Melody Lewis lives like a nomad in the heart of downtown Denver.

Poking her head out of her green tent on a recent June day, the 57-year-old points to the place a few blocks away where city crews picked up her tent from a sidewalk median earlier this spring and replaced it with landscaping rocks, fencing and signs warning trespassers to keep out.

Lewis then moved just a quarter-mile away, to a new cracked sidewalk, with new neighbors and potentially, homeless advocates fear, new sources of exposure to the coronavirus.

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The exhibit “The Art of the Brick” has traveled to more than 20 countries, 100 cities and six continents, but LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya says he’s always wanted to have an exhibition at its current stop, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

“This is the first museum I ever visited,” Sawaya said at a recent press conference. “My grandparents brought me here when I was very, very young. It’s very special to have an exhibition here now.”

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Cities and counties across the country are declaring that racism is a public health crisis, including at least one city in the Mountain West.

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The phrase “We’re all in this together” has become a bit of a cliché during the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is saying it, from politicians to celebrities to car dealerships.

“Unfortunately, when we say, ‘we’re all in this together’ - it’s a nice aphorism but it doesn’t go far enough,” Denver bio-artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy said.

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Saturday marked the tenth day of protests in Colorado following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. From Denver to Greeley, KUNC reporters recap what happened today.

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Protesters plan to take to the streets across the Front Range again this weekend, with calls on social media for mass gatherings in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley, amid continued demands for reform to Colorado’s justice system ignited by the death of George Floyd.

The planned demonstrations follow a week of mostly peaceful activism in the region, which saw declines in incidents of vandalism, looting and arrests. Some elected officials also outlined promises to work with protesters to make lasting change.

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Colorado's governor and Denver's mayor say President Donald Trump's threat to send the military into places where some people have committed acts of violence and vandalism at protests could cause more unrest.

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Protests remained peaceful in Denver until about midnight, when the arrival of armored police at the state’s Capitol stoked tensions among the small group of protesters still present despite the city’s 9 p.m. curfew. Clashes broke out as a few individuals lobbed glass and fireworks at encroaching police vehicles, which, in return, sent tear gas flying at the crowd.

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Weekend protests drew crowds across the country including in the Mountain West, from hundreds in Boise and Reno to thousands in Denver. Some city leaders now worry such gatherings could lead to new outbreaks of COVID-19.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced Sunday that the city will be offering free tests to demonstrators.