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Museum linked to lynching memorial reopening

Oct. 21, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A museum that’s linked to the national lynching memorial in Montgomery is reopening for the first time since the pandemic began. The Legacy Museum, which tells the story of slavery and its legacy in the United States, will offer free admission for a limited time, but crowd...

Virginia lawmakers vote to make Juneteenth a state holiday

Oct. 19, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Juneteenth has officially become a state holiday after lawmakers unanimously approved legislation during the Virginia General Assembly special session. Juneteenth marks the day news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, which was the last state to abolish slavery. The...

Leslie Rolfe, a spokesman for May 30th Alliance and a regular advocate against police violence, poses for a portrait at Rockford Register Star photo studio on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Rockford, Ill. (Scott P. Yates/Rockford Register Star via AP)

Rockford’s most polarizing protester will not be deterred

Oct. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Leslie Rolfe vowed not to settle for lip service from city officials. It’s a stance the 28-year-old Rockford man adopted after he watched police in military-style riot gear use pepper spray and tear gas to force protesters away from the District 1 police station after a...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2020, file photo, Denise and Bill Hasbune, of Stone Mountain, Ga., fill out a pre-registration form while waiting in line to vote at the DeKalb County elections office in Decatur, Ga. Black people are going to the polls by the thousands and waiting in lines for hours to vote early in Georgia. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Group seeks to combat misleading information online

Oct. 16, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A group of U.S. Black scholars, activists and writers has launched a new project they say will combat misleading information online around voting, reparations and immigration, supporters announced Friday. The newly formed National Black Cultural Information Trust seeks to counter...

FILE - Ethan Hawke poses for a portrait during the 2020 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 13, 2020. In an audiobook commissioned by the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and airing online Oct. 19-29 Hawke inhabits the aging Rev. John Ames of Marilynne Robinson's acclaimed novel “Gilead.” (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Ethan Hawke tapes audio edition of acclaimed novel 'Gilead'

Oct. 16, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When she learned that Ethan Hawke was working on a special audio edition of her acclaimed novel “Gilead,” Marilynne Robinson's response was to get a better idea of who he was. “I can't say I was familiar with his voice,” Robinson said of the four-time Oscar...

A member of the Uyghur American Association rallies in front of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, after marching from Capitol Hill in Washington, in support of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act which has passed the House and now will go on to the Senate. The bill prohibits some imports from Xinjiang and imposes sanctions for human rights violations. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Gloves linked to forced labor in China stopped at LA port

Oct. 15, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shipment of women’s gloves at a California port has been traced to a factory that uses forced labor of people caught up in a brutal crackdown on ethnic minorities in China, U.S. authorities said Thursday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the shipment of 1,900 pairs of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2020 file photo, Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration employees Willie Townsend, left, and Joe Brown, attach a Mississippi state flag to the harness before raising it over the Capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss. State legislators voted in June to retire the last state flag in the U.S. bearing the Confederate battle emblem, and voters will decide on Nov. 3, 2020 whether to accept a new flag with a magnolia design. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Racial justice movement a factor for 5 state ballot measures

Oct. 14, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

The Black Lives Matter movement isn’t named in any of the 120 statewide ballot measures up for a vote on Nov. 3. But this year's nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice are major factors in the campaigns in several states for measures with distinctive racial themes. In California,...

Mural depicting slavery at Maryland post office covered up

Oct. 12, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old mural inside a Maryland post office that portrays Black slaves pulling barrels of tobacco alongside white men on horses has been covered in plastic. The mural in the Catonsville post office was covered after state and federal representatives called for its...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020 file photo, Pakistani activists take part in an International Women's Day rally in Lahore, Pakistan.  A new report on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020,  estimates that 29 million women and girls are victims of modern slavery, exploited by practices including forced labor, forced marriage, debt-bondage and domestic servitude.  (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry)

Report: 29 million girls, women victims of modern slavery

Oct. 10, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report estimates that 29 million women and girls are victims of modern slavery, exploited by practices including forced labor, forced marriage, debt-bondage and domestic servitude. Grace Forrest, co-founder of the Walk Free anti-slavery organization, said Friday that means one...

People read the inscription of a statue commemorating so-called 'comfort women', an euphemism given by Japan to the women and girls enslaved for sex by the Japanese army during World War II, displayed at a residential area in central Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Korean group must remove Berlin tribute to "comfort women"

Oct. 9, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin district has ordered a local Korean group to remove a statue commemorating women used as sex slaves by Japan during World War II, saying Friday it goes beyond what had been approved. The issue of sex slaves, euphemistically called “comfort women,” has been a major...