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On Juneteenth, monument dedicated in Alabama to those who endured slavery

Jun. 19, 2024 18:59 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of surnames grace the towering monument, representing the more than 4 million enslaved people who were freed after the Civil War. The Equal Justice Initiative, a criminal justice reform nonprofit, invoked the Juneteenth holiday — the day that...

Pharrell at Louis Vuitton celebrates the diversity of human skin in Paris UNESCO show

Jun. 19, 2024 17:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With just over a month before the Paris Olympics, Louis Vuitton celebrated the beauty of humans and their skin in a star-studded menswear showcase at the headquarters of U.N. cultural agency UNESCO in Paris. Models wearing garb in all the hues of human flesh paraded around a giant...

Rickwood Field, Willie Mays' first pro park and monument of opportunity and oppression, welcomes MLB

Jun. 19, 2024 14:30 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Gerald Watkins watched Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and other New York Yankees wade through stalks of corn onto an Iowa field in 2021, near the filming site for the 1989 baseball movie “Field of Dreams.” Watkins thought about Rickwood Field, the...

On Juneteenth, a journalist honors ancestor at ceremony for Black soldiers who served in Civil War

Jun. 19, 2024 12:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the middle of the night in the summer of 2021 when I finally found the missing piece of my family history. My great-great-great-great grandfather Hewlett Sands, born into slavery in Oyster Bay, New York in 1820, was one of the more than 200,000 names listed...

Willie Mays Appreciation: The 'Say Hey Kid' inspired generations with talent and exuberance

Jun. 19, 2024 10:13 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Long after “The Catch” and his 660 home runs, and the daring sprints around the bases with his hat falling off, Willie Mays could still command a room like no other. Mays was a frequent visitor to the downtown ballpark in San Francisco at 24 Willie Mays...

Caitlin Clark and the WNBA are getting a lot of attention. It's about far more than basketball

Jun. 19, 2024 04:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oh, you thought going to a WNBA basketball game might be an escape from the arguments and polarization that are so common in American life these days? Ha, good one. Some of the atmosphere in the public and media that has swirled around the professional women's...

With pardons in Maryland, 2.5 million Americans will have marijuana convictions cleared or forgiven

Jun. 19, 2024 00:19 AM EDT

Maryland this week became the latest state to announce mass pardons for people convicted of marijuana-related crimes as the nation wrestles with how to make amends for the lives disrupted in the decadeslong war on drugs. Under Gov. Wes Moore's plan, more than 175,000 convictions for...

Religious and cultural mentions removed from names of China's Xinjiang villages, rights groups say

Jun. 18, 2024 19:05 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Authorities in China’s western Xinjiang region have been systematically replacing the names of villages inhabited by Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities to reflect the ruling Communist Party’s ideology, as part of an attack on their cultural identity, a report released...

The beginner's guide to celebrating Juneteenth

Jun. 18, 2024 16:34 PM EDT

For more than one-and-a-half centuries, the Juneteenth holiday has been sacred to many Black communities. It marks the day in 1865 enslaved people in Galveston, Texas found out they had been freed — after the end of the Civil War, and two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s...

Here’s where courts are slowing Republican efforts for a state role in enforcing immigration law

Jun. 18, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government has long had sole authority over immigration policy in the United States, but several Republican-led states have continued to push for a role in enforcing regulations out of frustration with current policy and as a way to criticize Democratic U.S....