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UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Despite polls, Trump says blacks like his Baltimore remarks

President Donald Trump is claiming a groundswell of African American support in response to his comments denigrating Rep. Elijah Cummings and his majority-black Baltimore district, despite polling showing consistently negative …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Trump hails ‘righteous cause of American self-government’

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that black legislators planning to boycott his appearance at a Virginia event commemorating the 400th anniversary of the rise of American democracy are going “against …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019

Hundreds of black deaths in 1919 are being remembered

America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018

A club of their own: The story of a secret poker society started by pioneering African-Americans

In 1942, a group of black professionals in DC wanted to play poker on weekends. Segregation prevented them from joining social clubs, and Howard University – where many worked – …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018

Poll: 50 years after MLK, civil rights goals unmet

Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., only 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved all or most of the goals of the …


Trump wants Jay-Z to know black jobless rate at record low

President Donald Trump is urging his followers to inform rapper Jay-Z that “because of my policies,” unemployment among black Americans is at the “LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”


With Trump, some African Americans to skip Mississippi event

Many in Mississippi’s African-American community had waited decades for a civil rights museum. But with President Donald Trump coming to the museum’s opening Saturday, some will skip the eagerly anticipated …


Film “Black Lives/Black Lungs” – a free showing and conversation on Nov. 6

Filmmaker Lincoln Mondy noticed something peculiar as a child, years before he understood it.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017

Georgia town to honor graves of more than 1,100 blacks

For generations, segregation kept black and white Gainesville separate and unequal in life and death. On Sunday, those buried in obscurity will be revered by the town in a ceremony …


Amy Goodman: Taking a knee, standing for justice

Principled stands taken at great risk are often how movements are born.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017

U.S. senators call on FDA to ban sale of menthol cigarettes

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling for a ban on menthol cigarettes, arguing that tobacco companies disproportionately target African-Americans when they market and promote the cigarettes.


100 years ago in Spokane: Tuberculosis, family farms among reasons for Spokane’s low acceptance rate in World War I draft

The Spokesman-Review published current numbers from the Spokane County draft board.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: GOP tackles nonexistent problem

A little context is critical here. It would be too easy to dismiss Donald Trump’s Commission on Electoral Integrity as superfluous evidence of the intellectual erosion of the Republican Party. …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 17, 2017

Secret Service agrees to pay millions in decades-old race bias case brought by black agents

The Secret Service agreed Tuesday to pay $24 million to settle a two-decade-old case in which more than 100 black agents have alleged that the agency fostered a racist culture …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Mr. President, you did us proud

To be a first black anything significant has often been a thankless task. Jackie Robinson learned this when he crashed Major League Baseball in 1947. Your experience proves that it …


Res Huppke: Black voters, Trump is reaching out to you – Hands against the wall

I’m not sure why we didn’t think of Trump’s proposal sooner, though it may have something to do with the fact that there was no correlation between New York City’s …


Obama delivers passionate race lecture at eulogy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America’s racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor, slain along with eight other …


Veteran’s long-unmarked grave given a headstone

When Chuck Elmore heard that a black Army veteran had been buried in the 1970s in an unmarked grave at Spokane-Cheney Memorial Gardens, he thought resolving the issue might take …


UPDATED: Mon., April 27, 2015

State of emergency declared in Baltimore with 15 police officers injured in riots

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who …


Mourners urge black Americans to take action

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a …


Hate crime case resurrects racial wounds in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came face to face in 2008 …


NAACP selects Brooks as new president and CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP on Saturday announced that lawyer and activist Cornell William Brooks would become its new national president and CEO. The selection of Brooks came as the …


Obama tells leaders to follow Mandela’s example

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama encouraged leaders in Africa and around the world Saturday to follow former South African President Nelson Mandela’s example of country before self, as the …


South Africa: Mandela still in critical condition

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s condition in a Pretoria hospital remained critical for a second straight day Monday, said South Africa’s president who described the stricken anti-apartheid hero as being …


SAfrican official: Mandela better from pneumonia

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela is breathing “without difficulty” after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area that was caused by pneumonia, the spokesman for South Africa’s …


Texas woman’s execution halted; DA won’t appeal

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Texas woman won a reprieve from the death chamber Tuesday, mere hours before she was scheduled to be the first woman executed in the U.S. since …


Rep. Tim Scott picked to replace DeMint in Senate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley picked U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to be the state’s next U.S. senator Monday, making him the only black Republican in Congress …


GOP official: SC Gov Haley to tap Scott for Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has chosen Rep. Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate, a move that will make him the first African-American senator …


AP: Va student expelled for election racial uproar

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One student has been expelled and three others are being punished for their roles in a racially charged uproar on a Virginia college campus the night …


Census: Whites no longer a majority in US by 2043

WASHINGTON (AP) — White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043, according to new census projections. That’s part of a historic shift that already is …