Latest African-Americans News

The Latest: Daunte Wright's funeral in Minneapolis begins

Apr. 22, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by a suburban Minneapolis police officer during a traffic stop April 11 (all times local): 12:23 p.m. The funeral has begun for Daunte...

Georgia park honoring confederacy gets first Black chair

Apr. 22, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The board overseeing an Atlanta area park that has centuries-old ties to the Ku Klux Klan and contains the largest Confederate monument ever crafted will be headed for the first time by an African American. Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday announced that he...

Black ex-firefighter awarded $2.43M in discrimination case

Apr. 22, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Black Kansas City firefighter was subjected to racial discrimination then fired in retaliation for his complaints, a federal jury found Thursday in a trial that highlighted systemic racism in the department. The Unified Government of Wyandotte...

Pentagon chief Austin among speakers to South Carolina grads

Apr. 22, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin is among the speakers at the University of South Carolina's spring's commencement exercises, which are being held in-person at the school's massive football stadium for the first time. Austin will speak May...

Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Apr. 22, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during...

A philanthropic drive to aid Black women is gaining momentum

Apr. 22, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

The needs of Black women and girls have become a focus of philanthropic efforts as major donors seek to narrow a racial wealth gap and address chronic funding disparities for groups that serve minority women. This week's guilty verdicts for Derek Chauvin, the former...

Anchorage School Board passes educational equity policies

Apr. 22, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Anchorage School Board has voted to put in place policies aimed at ensuring educational equity across its schools. The first policy passed unanimously on Tuesday said the district will reject all forms of racism and that the board will work with the...

Vermont publishes virus relief spending on new dashboard

Apr. 22, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is making public the details of how $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds were spent in the state, the Department of Finance and Management has announced. The Vermont Coronavirus Relief Fund...

Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing

Apr. 22, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

Not long after a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd, police chiefs across the U.S. started speaking up. And it wasn't to defend the police. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said convicting Chauvin on...

Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Apr. 22, 2021 07:55 AM EDT

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during...