Parishioners of the University AME Zion Church in Palo Alto pray during a special service on June 18 in remembrance of the nine victims of a mass shooting in South Carolina at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
President Barack Obama exits the stage at Stanford University on Feb. 13 after signing an executive order asking private companies to share information to combat cybersecurity threats. He was at the university to speak at the "Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection."
Freedom Train riders exit in San Francisco following the final run of the train, which commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. After more than 30 years, the annual ride ended because of low ridership and high costs, organizers said.
Hussain Lahore Wala hugs his granddaughter, Fatema Bhaijeewala, 3, as they both wait for the arrival of Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin to bless the mosque, an act that officially opens the place of worship, in south Palo Alto on March 7.
Students from Stanford University Law Professor Michelle Dauber's class, "One in Five: The Law, Policy and Politics of Campus Sexual Assault," hold up banners to raise awareness of sexual assault on campus as students pass by the university's White Plaza on Sept. 17.
Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents Melodie Cheney, far left, Nicolas Martinez and his son Angel, center, and Blanca Fonseco, right, hold up photos of families and children who live in the park as Palo Alto City Council members decide on June 29 whether to set aside funds for the purchase of the park.
A Palo Alto elementary school-aged transgender girl holds her self-portrait, which she created with colored pencils. Her mother is one of several who fought for a comprehensive district policy, which was adopted by the school board in December, to protect the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming students.
Ron Davis sits in his Palo Alto kitchen, which is filled with medical supplies, as he reads a note card left by his son, Whitney Dafoe, around 3 a.m. Whitney, pictured as a boy in the Little League poster above Davis' head, suffers from a debilitating case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and has been bedridden for more than three years. Because Whitney cannot speak, Davis and other family members have to communicate with him about his health using note cards, which can take hours at a time.
It is always difficult to sort through hundreds of photos taken over the span of 12 months to capture the essence of a whole year of news.
As I looked back over our coverage of the events that unfolded in 2015, it became apparent that this was a year filled with reflection, solidarity and awareness. It was a year that saw the final ride of the Freedom Train, a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. It was a year of vigils and prayer services to honor the people lost in mass shootings across the globe and nation.
It was also a time for rallies at City Hall to urge civic leaders to save the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park and protests at Stanford University over the administration's handling of sexual-assault cases.
It was a year in which a family searched for funding so that research could find a cure for their son's debilitating disease, when young students came forward to tell others about their gender identity, and when worshippers celebrated the blessing of their new religious home in Palo Alto.
Though these few photos cannot represent all that happened over the year, I believe they reflect the spirit of 2015.