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Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jul. 28, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

The (Columbus) Dispatch. July 26, 2021. Editorial: Bob Moses made Mississippi better The death of Civil Rights leader Bob Moses, 86, on Sunday will be noted across the world by those who believe in the cause of racial justice. But...

1960s civil rights activist Robert Moses has died

Jul. 25, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who was shot at and endured beatings and jail while leading Black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He was 86. Moses, who was widely...

French president honors US civil rights leader Jesse Jackson

Jul. 19, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday made American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson a commander of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, for helping “change the destiny of the United States” and with it, the world. Jackson, 79, who had...

Biden, Harris: Protect voting rights to honor John Lewis

Jul. 17, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday both marked the one-year anniversary of U.S. Rep. John Lewis' death by urging Congress to honor the legacy of the civil rights icon by enacting laws to protect voting rights. Biden said he...

1st elected Alabama Black Republican: GOP 'open to everyone'

Jul. 14, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

PELHAM, Ala. (AP) — The first Black Republican elected to the Alabama Legislature since Reconstruction said Wednesday that his election to represent a heavily white suburban district shows that the GOP "is open to everyone.” Retired Army Sgt. Kenneth Paschal was...

Civil Rights tourism begins its comeback after shutdowns

Jul. 06, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Houck, who drove Martin Luther King Jr. and his family around Atlanta during the Civil Rights movement, is reopening his Civil Rights Tours Atlanta bus tours after shutting down during the pandemic. Relaunching the tours signals the slow return of...

Beyond DC partisanship, Warnock makes broad pitch in Ga.

Jul. 05, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — On Capitol Hill, Sen. Raphael Warnock assails Republicans’ push for tighter voting rules as “Jim Crow in new clothes,” while his campaign operation blasts emails bemoaning dire risks to democracy. Back home, Georgia’s first Black senator is...

Capitol, symbol of democracy, off-limits on Independence Day

Jul. 03, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As it has been for nearly 16 months, longer than any time in the nation’s history, the U.S. Capitol is closed to most public visitors. The one-two punch of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered the Capitol’s doors in the spring of 2020 and the...

National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis names new president

Jul. 02, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee has named longtime educator and philanthropist Russell Wigginton as its next president. The Memphis-based museum said Thursday that Wigginton will assume the role of president on Aug. 1 after a...

Missouri teacher accused of racial slur terminated

Jul. 01, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri teacher has been terminated after students testified that he made several racist comments in the classroom. Harrisonville School District’s board of education held a closed meeting Wednesday evening and announced Thursday...