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In Louisiana, a father, a son and a culture of police abuse

Oct. 26, 2021 02:44 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Growing up in the piney backwoods of northern Louisiana, where yards were dotted with crosses and the occasional Confederate flag, Jacob Brown was raised on hunting, fishing and dreams of becoming a state trooper. But within weeks of arriving at the...

In Louisiana, a father, a son and a culture of police abuse

Oct. 26, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Growing up in the piney backwoods of northern Louisiana, where yards were dotted with crosses and the occasional Confederate flag, Jacob Brown was raised on hunting, fishing and dreams of becoming a state trooper. But within weeks of arriving at the...

Civil rights pioneer seeks expungement of '55 arrest record

Oct. 26, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Months before Rosa Parks became the mother of the modern civil rights movement by refusing to move to the back of a segregated Alabama bus, Black teenager Claudette Colvin did the same. Convicted of assaulting a police officer while being arrested, she was placed on...

Treasury Department names first counselor for racial equity

Oct. 25, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Treasury Department has hired a former JPMorgan Chase executive to head a new government program aimed at combatting racial inequality issues in banking and other financial-services industries. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Monday that Janis...

'Unite the Right' rally's planners accused in civil trial

Oct. 25, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The violence at the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville shocked the nation, with people beaten to the ground, lighted torches thrown at counterdemonstrators and a self-proclaimed Hitler admirer ramming his car into a crowd, killing a woman...

Harris-Stowe using pandemic funds to cancel student debt

Oct. 25, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harris-Stowe University in St. Louis is using federal pandemic relief funds to eliminate student debt from the last academic school year, school officials said. Harris-Stowe, one of Missouri's two historically Black universities, announced it used the...

Stripping military bases of Confederate names stirs passions

Oct. 25, 2021 05:19 AM EDT

BLACKSTONE, Va. (AP) — Civil War history casts a long shadow in Virginia, the birthplace of Confederate generals, scene of their surrender and now a crossroad of controversy over renaming military bases that honor rebel leaders. In and around Blackstone, about 50 miles...

Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps

Oct. 24, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A decade ago, North Carolina Republicans redrew their legislative districts to help their party in a way that a federal court ruled illegally deprived Black voters of their right to political representation. A state court later struck down Republican-drawn maps as based...

Groups seek 2 districts with large Black voter bases

Oct. 24, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s seven-member congressional delegation for decades has consisted of a single African-American member, elected from the only district with a majority Black population. But with Black and mixed-race residents now making up more than 25%...

Tennessee city adds statue for Black Civil War soldiers

Oct. 24, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Four years ago, a deadly white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, led pastors in the Tennessee city of Franklin to call for the removal of a Confederate monument in their town square. A lawsuit and political maneuverings made that impractical, but a local...