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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 9:59 a.m.

Spokane woman finds racist sign in her front yard

When Lena Negrete woke up and opened her blinds around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, she was greeted by an unfamiliar site: a large, white sign propped up in her front yard …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Dialogue key to keeping Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Dream’ alive

Local leaders, before crowds of about 2,500, called for more dialogue to help keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s fight against injustice alive Monday at the Spokane Convention Center.


Police end NAACP sit-in against attorney general nominee

Several NAACP protesters led by their national president were escorted away in handcuffs by police after staging a sit-in Tuesday at the Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, the nominee …


Phil Tyler has helped build up Spokane NAACP after low point

Phil Tyler, the Spokane NAACP president, is finding ways to collaborate and find solutions to help people of color as racial tensions flare across the country.


North Carolina NAACP leader sues over being removed from flight

The leader of North Carolina’s NAACP is suing American Airlines, saying he was removed from a flight because he is black.


Arkansas school board member called on to resign over blackface photo

The Arkansas NAACP and several residents are calling for the resignation of a school board member in eastern Arkansas after photos surfaced of him at a Halloween party in blackface …


Rachel Dolezal reveals new memoir that ‘forces us to consider race in an entirely new light’

The civil rights activist who resigned as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP after it was revealed she was a white woman pretending to be black is writing …


NAACP: Noose put around neck of black student in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. – White students at a south Mississippi high school put a noose around the neck of a black student and “yanked backward,” the state NAACP said Monday. Ayana …


Former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal to speak at MLK day event in North Carolina

CARY, N.C. – Former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who was criticized last year for passing herself off as black, has been tapped to speak at a North Carolina Martin …


Michael Jordan donates $2 million to help build trust between police and minorities

Michael Jordan finally spoke out on Monday about racial tensions in America in hopes of easing conflicts between blacks and law enforcement.


Sue Lani Madsen: Common ground possible even in the politics of race

Emotionally charged issues of race are easier to navigate when everyone involved can examine their ingrained attitudes and try to work toward common ground.


Ohio’s Kasich to speak at NAACP gathering, Trump skipping it

Ohio Gov. John Kasich won’t speak at the Republican National Convention where Donald Trump is set to become his party’s presidential nominee, but he will speak to the NAACP national …


Trump won’t speak at NAACP meeting

The NAACP says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has declined an invitation to address the group’s upcoming convention, flouting established precedent and highlighting anew the GOP standard-bearer’s struggle to attract …


Shawn Vestal: New Spokane NAACP president Phillip Tyler proving to be a leader who listens

New leader of Spokane NAACP is bringing a fresh and effective style during tumultuous times.


Hundreds mourn lost civilian, police lives at Black Lives Matter rally in Spokane

Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. Everyone’s life matters.


Spokane NAACP president Phillip Tyler says he’s sorry for deaths of black men and police officers

When Spokane NAACP president Phillip Tyler watched a video of Baton Rouge police officers fatally shooting Alton Sterling, he knew he had to say something. Tyler, a former deputy with …


Spokane NAACP chapter has new president

Phillip Tyler is taking over as president of Spokane’s NAACP chapter, replacing Naima Quarles-Burnley, who is moving out of town.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2015, 8:33 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal talks racial identity as guest on ‘The Real’

Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president who made headlines in June when her race came into question, faces that question Monday when she guests on the talk show “The …


Shawn Vestal: Act against hate; Spokane deserves it

If you think the NAACP is an important organization with a vital mission, now would be an excellent time to show it. If you think that the city’s ombudsman commission …


Spokane NAACP moves forward after Rachel Dolezal controversy

There was a sense of hope, tinged with wariness, at the first Spokane NAACP community meeting since the national furor over former chapter president Rachel Dolezal’s lies about her race. …