Race, diversity, and equality are all undercurrents in politics and in a nation facing shifting demographics. This gallery is a visual compilation of stories adding to the conversation at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
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Immigration activist Benita Veliz, a Dreamer and activist from San Antonio, addresses the Democratic National Convention Sept. 5 in Charlotte. (National Journal)
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (National Journal)
Delegates react as Rep. Al Green of Texas addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (National Journal)
Actor Kal Penn speaks to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. (Ralf-Finn Hestoft)
120904, Charlotte, NC - Newark Mayor Cory Booker during his speech at the DNC. (National Journal)
In this photo taken Monday, April 16, 2012, Attorney General Kamala Harris discusses her package of banking reform bills intended to protect homeowners in the foreclosure process, during a hearing of the Assembly banking and finance committee at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The Legislature on Thursday, April 19 started moving ahead with Harris' bills. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Mitt Romney's campaign released a new Web video Tuesday hammering President Obama on changes to welfare policy. (National Journal)
Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett is interviewed, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in the White House's Brady Briefing Room in Washington. (National Journal)
Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, meets with the National Journal in their Washington D.C. offices on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. (National Journal)
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx participates in a panel discussion about energy innovation at the CGI America meeting on June 30, 2011 in Chicago. More than 700 business, government and non-profit leaders are participating in the two-day meeting, which is the first Clinton Global Initiative event to focus exclusively on driving job creation and economic growth in the United States. (National Journal)
Oscar Cuevas (National Journal)
Ballot inspector Connie Bell, right, holds open a curtain on a voting booth, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, during voting in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary at Memorial High School in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(TOP) Audience members cheer as President Barack Obama holds a campaign rally at Centreville High School in Clifton, Va., a Washington suburb, on Saturday, July 14, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
(BOTTOM) Supporters listen to Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a campaign rally in Tempe, Ariz., Friday, April 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (National Journal)
Illegal immigrant Layios Roberto waits outside the offices of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants scrambled to get papers in order, as the U.S. started accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get a work permit, but not a path to citizenship. President Barack Obama announced the program in June after pressure from Hispanic voters and others who said he hasn't fulfilled a campaign promise to overhaul tangled U.S. immigration laws. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) (National Journal)
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