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Today in History

Apr. 11, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, April 11, the 101st day of 2021. There are 264 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 11, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration...

Today in History

Apr. 09, 2021 00:38 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, April 9, the 99th day of 2021. There are 266 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson performed a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington,...

Students lead US push for fuller Black history education

Apr. 08, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a discussion on slavery. Just like the year before, she...

North Dakota Legislature OKs Juneteenth ceremonial holiday

Apr. 07, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature passed a bipartisan bill Tuesday to recognize Juneteenth as a ceremonial holiday in the state — one of just three that does not observe it in some way. West Fargo GOP Rep. Austen Schauer, who carried...

Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey announces candidacy for office

Apr. 06, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey officially announced Tuesday that she will be a candidate for the job full time in the fall election. “The work to address the challenges we face from COVID-19 and the racial inequalities that have been inherited from...

Faith leaders call for elimination of Senate filibuster

Apr. 05, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

A coalition of faith leaders and activists on Monday demanded the elimination of the Senate filibuster, wading into a crucial debate in Washington with a 50-50 Senate and President Joe Biden eyeing ambitious legislation on expanding voting rights, stemming gun violence and other proposals...

Philly lawyer Sprague, active in civic affairs, dies at 95

Apr. 05, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

Richard A. Sprague, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer who prosecuted murderers, won high-stakes civil lawsuits and was deeply influential in state and city political and civic affairs, died Saturday evening, his family announced. Sprague, 95, died in his home in the suburb...

McBride, Trethewey among winners of Anisfield-Wolf awards

Apr. 05, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist James McBride, former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey and science fiction great Samuel R. Delaney are among this year's winners of Anisfield-Wolf awards for books that confront racism and help promote diversity. McBride's “Deacon King...

'Trial of the Chicago 7' takes top honors at SAG Awards

Apr. 04, 2021 22:35 PM EDT

The starry cast of Aaron Sorkin’s 1960s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” took the top prize Sunday at a virtual Screen Actors Guild Awards where actors of color, for the first time, swept the individual film awards. The 27th SAG Awards, presented by...

Today in History

Apr. 04, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Easter Sunday, April 4, the 94th day of 2021. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed...