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In Minneapolis, armed patrol group tries to keep the peace

Apr. 17, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — As protests intensified in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a group of Black men joined the crowd intent on keeping the peace and preventing protests from escalating into violence. Hundreds of people...

Black Americans experiencing collective trauma, grief

Apr. 17, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

Carlil Pittman knows trauma firsthand. As the co-founder of the Chicago-based youth organization GoodKidsMadCity-Englewood, he grieved the loss of Delmonte Johnson, a young community activist, more than two years ago to the very thing the teen fought fiercely against: gun...

Furman University unveils statue of its first Black student

Apr. 17, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Furman University has forever memorialized an image captured in 1965 of its first Black student, Joseph Vaughn. A bronze statue, unveiled Friday, was modeled after a photograph of Vaughn walking up to the campus' James B. Duke Library shortly...

Private school students walk out in support of Black teacher

Apr. 17, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Nearly 100 Baltimore private school students and teachers walked out of class Friday to show support for a Black teacher who resigned after posting a video describing her interaction with a white student. Adrienne Knight, a middle school drama teacher...

As voting fight moves westward, accusations of racism follow

Apr. 17, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Arizona Legislature was debating one of several Republican proposals to overhaul voting when GOP Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita said she'd had enough. “I don’t like to be characterized as supporting discriminatory laws!” she told Democrats, who...

Black soldier mistreatment common even before Virginia case

Apr. 17, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The police officers’ guns were trained on the uniformed U.S. Army lieutenant, his arms raised and palms outstretched as he sat in his SUV under a brightly lit gas station awning. Lt. Caron Nazario had been pulled over in rural Virginia by the two...

New college tour highlights slavery's shadow

Apr. 17, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Dickinson College has long been proud of its Colonial-era history, one framed forever by its standing as the first college to be chartered west of the Susquehanna River, launched to ensure the expanding frontiers of the new American nation would have access to future...

Former Democratic Tennessee lawmaker Roscoe Dixon dies

Apr. 16, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Roscoe Dixon, a former Democratic state lawmaker in Tennessee who worked for civil rights groups and served in the Legislature for 25 years before becoming embroiled in the “Tennessee Waltz” corruption scandal, has died, a friend said. He was 71. ...

2020's election keeps coming up in 2021's high court race

Apr. 16, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In the Republican primary in Pennsylvania's top-of-the-ticket election contest this year, one particular subject keeps coming up on the campaign trail: last year's presidential election. The campaign for an open state Supreme Court seat follows...

Colorado lawmaker: Slavery policy didn't impugn humanity

Apr. 16, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democrats in Colorado have condemned a Republican lawmaker for joking about lynching before saying an 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person “was not impugning anybody’s humanity." State Rep. Ron Hanks was speaking on the...