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Wolf Pack Football Lady Wolves dancers—from left: Deh’Shia Fisher, 12, Vickiya Fisher, 11, and Aniah Nance, 11—practice for the Bud Billiken Parade, a summer event for Chicago's South Side, at the Jackson Park Football Field on July 3. The Obama Presidential Center, a project that is slated to open in 2021 and encompass close to 20 acres of space in Jackson Park, has left community activists there divided. To try to stave off what they consider a detrimental change, a collection of local residents called Jackson Park Watch wants as much of the park—a historic public space designed by famed landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux—preserved as possible. The Obama Foundation says the site was chosen with the local population in mind. By building within the park, says a foundation official, they would avoid displacing residents of the neighborhood and capitalize on the proximity to the Museum of Science and Industry to create a campus that would rival the grandeur of Grant Park downtown. Read more on TIME.com. Photograph by @alyssaschukar for TIME


For the @lacitymunicipaldancesquad, dancing is not about polished performances. It’s about learning to move like a kid again. The mood of the squad—a crew composed mostly of actors, comedians and models in #LosAngeles—is inspired by childhood memories of choreographing routines in the back yard with friends to perform for the parents before dinner. The dances are not sexy, nor particularly athletic. No one is here to get “in shape.” But beyond their quirkiness, the routines also channel something highly specific: rewriting childhood—now with a group of adult women, each with her own reasons for joining in. Above all, it’s a chance to play. Members of the L.A. City Municipal Dance Squad are just some of the extraordinary #women who TIME is visiting on a cross-country road trip this summer. Read more at TIME.com/women-across-america. Photograph by Bella Newman (@lafillebella) for TIME


Some view Confederate statues as painful reminders of one of America’s darkest periods. But others label their removal as an affront to history. The national debate over these symbols—from monuments to license plates and flags to the names of schools and streets—intensified in 2015, after a white man massacred nine black worshippers in a South Carolina church, and again in 2017, after a deadly car attack on a crowd of protesters opposing a white nationalist rally in #Charlottesville. The dialogue over Confederate symbols may ramp up as the nation nears the one-year mark of the Virginia unrest. In this photograph, an attendee holds a Confederate flag at the dedication ceremony of the upcoming National Confederate Museum, south of Nashville, on July 20. In Tennessee, according to state data, popularity of Confederate flag license plates has hit a 10-year high. There were almost 3,300 active Sons of Confederate Veterans plates there at the end of June, the Nashville Tennessean reports. While that’s a small number overall—Tennessee has a population of around 6.7 million, and more than 5.6 million passenger license plates in circulation—it represents a 72% increase over the end of fiscal year 2015. Some proceeds from sales of the plate benefit the Tennessee chapter of SCV, a non-profit group comprised of male descendants of Confederate combatants. The group has earned almost $58,000 from the plates in fiscal year 2018, the Tennessean reports. Photograph by @markpetersonpixs@reduxpictures for TIME


Re-enactors of Confederate soldiers and their wives at the dedication of the National Confederate Museum, south of Nashville on July 20. The ceremony was held by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a non-profit group comprised of male descendants of #Confederate combatants. In recent months, @markpetersonpixs has documented conferences held by white nationalists, Confederate memorial services and fights over related monuments. "I have been looking at how we are still fighting the Civil War," says Peterson, "in the streets, the history books and state legislatures." Photographs by @markpetersonpixs@reduxpictures for TIME


Amid the ongoing national reckoning over #Confederate symbolism—from statues to park names—the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a non-profit made up of male descendants of Confederate soldiers, held a dedication ceremony at the future site of the National Confederate Museum in Tennessee on July 20. Over the last few months, photographer @markpetersonpixs has documented conferences held by white nationalists, Confederate memorial services and fights over related monuments. "I have been looking at how we are still fighting the Civil War," says Peterson, "in the streets, the history books and state legislatures." Since 2015, after the mass shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C., ignited a national dialogue over Confederate iconography and its role today, 110 Confederate monuments around the country have been removed, according to a report released in June by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Peterson's photographs of these attendees' attire—the man's tie includes the likeness of a Confederate general; the woman's husband is a member of SCV—were made in the vendor area of the group's national convention. Photographs by @markpetersonpixs@reduxpictures for TIME


Confederate flags and South Carolina state flags are seen in McGavock Confederate Cemetery, where some 1,500 soldiers are buried, in Franklin, Tenn., on July 19, during a tour of the site by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Photographer @markpetersonpixs is on assignment for TIME, chronicling the dedication ceremony of the upcoming and controversial National Confederate Museum. It will, according to the group’s website, “tell the truth about what motivated the Southern people to struggle for many years to form a new nation.” Confederate symbols—from monuments and flags to bumper stickers and banners—have been at the center of an ongoing debate about how and whether a nation should remember the darkest moments of its past. The debate intensified three years ago after the mass shooting at a South Carolina church; since then, according to a report released in June by the Southern Poverty Law Center, 110 Confederate monuments have been removed nationwide, in some cases sparking backlash and protests from supporters. Photograph by @markpetersonpixs@reduxpictures for TIME


It’s 1:13 p.m. on a Sunday in Los Angeles, and four dozen women in knee pads are snaked around one another on the floor in the fetal position. One, in leggings printed with Billy Murray’s face, stands and watches over the rest. She calls out instructions and affirmations between verses of the self-love anthem of 2002, @xtina’s “Beautiful.” “Put your arms around yourself,” she shouts across the #dance studio. “There’s only one person just like you.” Angela Trimbur, a 37-year-old actor and the founder and captain of the @lacitymunicipaldancesquad, is leading one of her troupe’s monthly community workshops at the Live Arts Los Angeles studio. The eight other members of the squad are curled up on the floor with the crowd. The group's ethos runs counter to everything one might expect of a crew composed mostly of actors, comedians and models dancing in #LosAngeles. They love to perform, and their performances draw a crowd. But in a town and in industries that can feel overwhelmingly lonely, high-pressure and competitive—particularly for women, and particularly leading up to the #MeToo era—the group is more about creating bonds within itself and building up its members than putting on a show. Like so many women, their bodies come under scrutiny in their careers and daily lives. But in this studio they can move freely together. Trimbur puts the squad’s average level at around a six out of 10. But through exercises that range from wacky to earnest, the women help each other and their workshop attendees to shake off anxieties and take risks in a supportive environment. “If you mess up," Trimbur tells them, "who cares?” Members of the L.A. City Municipal Dance Squad are just some of the extraordinary women who TIME is visiting on a cross-country road trip this summer. Read more at TIME.com/women-across-america. Photographs by Bella Newman (@lafillebella) for TIME


Incoming Hyde Park Academy High School senior Niko Christian rests after summer conditioning at the Jackson Park Football Field in Chicago, where the Obama Presidential Center is planned to be built, on July 3. The team has been told that a new football field will be built for them nearer to the school's campus. The Obama Presidential Center is slated to encompass close to 20 acres of space in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side. Photograph by @alyssaschukar for TIME


Long before he got the chance to enter politics, @ivanduquemarquez was a local rock star. As a teenager in the 1990s, he sang in his high school band, Pig Nose. His onetime bandmates say that even then he was looking for something deeper than rock ’n’ roll. It’s hard to imagine Duque as a long-haired grunge lover now. Sitting in his campaign headquarters in Bogotá, the 41-year-old sports the sober dress shirt and tie of the political class—a look honed by his years in Washington working for a development bank. The wardrobe will also work in his next job. On June 17 he became the youngest person to be elected president of #Colombia. This country of 49 million is something of a regional outlier in terms of its politics; its democratic institutions have withstood the rise of strongmen and populists who ran military dictatorships in the late 20th century in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, and, more recently, the socialist experiments in Venezuela and Bolivia. Duque, a partly U.S.-educated technocrat who speaks fluent English, is more in the mold of a ­Macron than a Chávez or a Pinochet. Like France’s upstart president, Duque says he wants to govern from the center. His first and greatest challenge when he takes power in August is to bridge the divide over the peace deal with the #FARC, which was at war with the state for five decades. Although a 2016 agreement earned outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos a Nobel Peace Prize, Colombians are bitterly divided over its terms. “Colombia has presented a paradox for the last two or three years,” explains Michael Reid, author of Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America. “Santos’ government has been hailed globally for the #peace accord. But at home his government has been unpopular for a long time … partly because of disillusion with the peace agreement.” Duque, who won on a promise to overhaul the deal, must solve that paradox if he is to succeed in his ambition to become a new archetype for what a Latin American leader can be. The agreement, he says, “left a fracture in Colombian society. And I think now it’s time to heal that wound.” Read the full profile on TIME.com. Photograph by @stefanruizphoto for TIME


Joselyn Acteopan, who was born in the U.S., is embraced by her grandmother after a Mexican NGO, APOFAM, organized a reunion for 18 children to return to their homeland and meet their family members in Teopantlán, Puebla, on July 18. Photograph by @carlos_jasso@reuters


At first glance, the man on our July 30, 2018, cover might seem familiar: it was created by morphing images of two of the world’s most recognizable men, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The composite image, by visual artist @nancyburson, is meant to represent this particular moment in U.S. foreign policy, following the pair’s recent meeting in Helsinki. As our senior White House correspondent Brian Bennett writes in this week’s cover story: “A year and a half into his presidency, Trump’s puzzling affinity for #Putin has yet to be explained. #Trump is bruised by the idea that Russian election meddling taints his victory, those close to him say, and can’t concede the fact that Russia did try to interfere in the election, regardless of whether it impacted the outcome. He views this problem entirely through a political lens, these people say, unable or unwilling to differentiate between the question of whether his campaign colluded with #Russia—which he denies—and the question of whether Russia attempted to influence the election.” Burson, who became well known for developing a technique to age faces, which is used by the FBI to find missing children, says the goal of her latest composite is to help readers “stop and think” when it comes to similarities between the two leaders. “What my work has always been about is allowing people to see differently,” she tells TIME. “The combining of faces is a different way for people to see what they couldn’t see before.” Read this week's full cover story on TIME.com. Photo illustration by @nancyburson for TIME (Digital imaging by @johndepew. Source photographs: Trump: @gettyimages; Putin: Kremlin handout)


A child sticks a poster of Nelson Mandela on the chalkboard at Northlen Primary School in Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa, on July 18. Wednesday marks 100 years since Mandela's birth in the village of Mviza. Among the centennial tributes to South Africa's former president, who died in December 2013, was Barack Obama's delivery of the 16th #NelsonMandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg one day earlier. His former speechwriter previously said that Obama considers it to be his most important speech since leaving office. The former American president denounced the policies of his successor, without mentioning Donald #Trump by name; he took aim at the “politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment” and decried leaders who are caught lying and “just double down and lie some more," the Associated Press reports about the remarks at Johannesburg’s Wanderers Stadium. Still, Obama reminded the crowd of thousands that “we’ve been through darker times. We’ve been through lower valleys.” In his closing comments, he said, "I say if people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love." Photograph by @rajeshjantilal@afpphoto/@gettyimages