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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Ferris High School resource officer resigns; Spokane School Board hears public concerns of ‘implicit bias’

Three weeks after an African-American student was pinned by a resource officer at Ferris High School, dozens of citizens contended implicit bias within the district exists.


100 years ago in Spokane: NAACP chapter established; health officer allows dancing again

The ban on public dances – the last vestige of the Spanish flu quarantine – was finally lifted.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

Man shot by police ID’d, draws attention of NAACP

The man who was shot and killed by police Wednesday night in north Spokane has been identified as Dwight Delando Steward, 46, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 2:52 p.m.

NAACP links earthquake signs in Oregon to white supremacy

A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black …


Shawn Vestal: Former Black Panther turned business consultant says change starts with voting

A lot has changed in the half-century since Elmer Dixon and his brother founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panthers, but the key issues that motivate him remain essentially …


NAACP lifts American Airlines travel advisory that warned of discrimination against black passengers

The NAACP announced Tuesday it is lifting a travel advisory warning black passengers against traveling with American Airlines that was put in place last year following a string of incidents …


Community leaders respond to domestic violence allegations against Spokane activist Phil Tyler

Phillip Tyler, the prominent community activist who once led the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, is facing scrutiny for domestic violence allegations by multiple women that stretch back more than …


Sessions stirs anger with ‘Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement’ comment

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday praised the nation’s sheriffs – then referenced the “Anglo-American heritage” of law enforcement. “I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

MLK rally speakers call out Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ hecklers

While it’s intended to be a celebration and remembrance for the late reverend, Spokane’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March quickly turned political when two candidates vying for …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 2:59 p.m.

50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Spokane civil rights leaders say his lessons more relevant than ever

Some Spokane leaders say they can still hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s booming voice playing over and over in their minds. They still remember the joy and reverence he shared …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 8:52 a.m.

Scene quiet before frenzy of big game, planned protests

The scene was relatively quiet Monday morning around the stadium in downtown Atlanta where the College Football Playoff title game was set to be held. A light drizzle fell on …


Recy Taylor, Alabama black woman raped by 6 white men, dies

Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, has died. She was 97.


Shawn Vestal: Rachel Dolezal remains unabashedly Rachel Dolezal

Spokane’s undisputed heavyweight champion of racial appropriation is surfacing with new commercial projects, including a 2018 wall calendar, “Rachel Dolezal – Pictures and Quotes.”


Civil rights group wants St. Louis police investigated

Civil rights advocates asked the new U.S. attorney in St. Louis on Friday to investigate allegations of police misconduct at recent protests that were sparked by the acquittal last month …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 2:31 p.m.

NAACP warns African-Americans against travel on American Airlines

The NAACP is warning African-Americans that if they fly on American Airlines they could be subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 4:26 p.m.

NAACP names new leader for more active future

The NAACP turned to an insider Saturday to help bring the nation’s oldest civil rights organization back to prominence.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 7:58 a.m.

In aftermath of Charlottesville violence, local lawmakers, activists express rage and sorrow

The greater part of a continent separates Virginia from the Inland Northwest, but even so, the aftershocks of Charlotteville’s violent clashes could be felt across the region Saturday.


NAACP to embark on listening tour to plan its future

The NAACP announced a new interim leader on Saturday, along with a nationwide listening tour that will allow it to talk to local members and figure out what the future …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 4:59 p.m.

NAACP asks for removal of Confederate statue from courthouse

A Tennessee chapter of the NAACP is urging officials to remove a statue of a Confederate general from in front of a county courthouse, echoing similar efforts throughout the South.


UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

As groups chafe at pace of criminal justice reform, county administrator points to progress

It’s been a year since Spokane County was awarded a $1.75 million MacArthur Foundation grant to reduce its jail population. And while little has visibly changed since then, Jacqueline van …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

March for Racial Justice hopes to spur talk of racial disparities in Spokane

A coalition of historically black churches and community groups will march in Spokane Saturday to demand racial equity in Spokane’s criminal justice system.


UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Kurtis Robinson, ex-con who found a higher path, to lead Spokane NAACP

Kurtis Robinson, who formerly chaired the criminal justice committee for the NAACP, will succeed Phil Tyler as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter.


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Officials: NAACP president won’t be returning as leader

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks will not be returning as the leader of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization after his contract expires this summer, officials said Friday.


UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 12:31 p.m.

New Spokane NAACP president: ‘We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us’

Kurtis Robinson was sworn in as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP on Monday evening, replacing Phil Tyler, who announced his resignation a month ago.


Phil Tyler steps down as Spokane NAACP president, sets eyes on politics

Tyler, who took over as president less than a year ago, said he hasn’t decided which public office he’ll seek yet, but was prompted to run for office by friends …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 10:43 a.m.

Ozzie Knezovich, Mike Fagan explain comments on Obama, transgender rights at NAACP forum

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan tried to explain his view of transgender rights and restroom use during a forum sponsored by the Spokane chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal

A white civil rights leader, fired because she led others to believe she was black, said she struggles to make a living these days because she was portrayed as a …


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

Racist posting draws political ire and distracts from Spokane Valley community event

A racist Facebook post cast a shadow over the Recreation Against Racism event held Sunday at the HUB Sports Center in Spokane Valley.


NAACP sounds alarm on ‘decline’ in civil rights commitment

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been on the job less than a month but has already made some civil rights groups nervous by indicating the Justice Department will likely soften …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Investigator who learned Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal was white says police Chief Frank Straub didn’t hire him

The investigator hired to look into Rachel Dolezal’s past said Saturday he wasn’t hired by then-police Chief Frank Straub, pushing back on a report published by the British newspaper the …