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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2018, file photo, artist Karyn Olivier creates contextual art around the University of Kentucky's controversial 1930s mural, seen on the wall in the background, in Memorial Hall in Lexington, Ky. A Kentucky writer and his wife sued the university Monday, July 6, 2020, to try to stop the removal of the mural that has been the object of protest for its depictions of Black people and Native Americans. University President Eli Capilouto announced in June 2020 that the mural would be coming down. Meanwhile, the National Coalition Against Censorship made public a letter that separately asks the university to halt its plans, saying it would negate the work of Olivier, a Black artist who created an installation that responds to the mural. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

Author sues to stop removal of controversial Kentucky mural

Jul. 6, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Award-winning Kentucky writer Wendell Berry and his wife sued the University of Kentucky on Monday to try to stop the removal of a mural that has been the object of protest for its depictions of Black people and Native Americans. University President Eli Capilouto announced last month...

FILE - This file image made from May 25, 2020 video provided by Christian Cooper, shows Amy Cooper with her dog talking to Christian Cooper in Central Park in New York. Amy Cooper, walking her dog who called the police during a videotaped dispute with Christian Cooper, a Black man, was charged Monday, July 6, 2020, with filing a false report. (Christian Cooper via AP, File)

White woman charged after racist Central Park confrontation

Jul. 6, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A white woman who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man over her walking her dog without a leash in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false police report. In May, Amy Cooper drew widespread condemnation was fired from her job after frantically calling...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Amir Garrett leads other pitchers in sprints during spring training baseball workouts in Goodyear, Ariz. As one of only two Black players on the Cincinnati Reds, reliever Amir Garrett was afraid to use his platform to speak about racial injustice. That's changed, and he's brought teammates along in pressing for change. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Reds' Garrett drops fears, speaks out about racial injustice

Jul. 6, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — With so few Black players in the major leagues, Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett was afraid to talk openly about racial discrimination. He kept his thoughts — and his stories — to himself. He wouldn't speak of the time in high school in California when he and another...

Prosecutor: White woman has been charged with falsely calling 911 on Black man in racist Central Park confrontation

Jul. 6, 2020 2:22 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutor: White woman has been charged with falsely calling 911 on Black man in racist Central Park confrontation.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)

German government split over police racial profiling study

Jul. 6, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security and justice officials are at odds over calls to study the use of racial profiling by police, a practice that human rights activists say is widespread in the country. Earlier this year, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance recommended that federal and...

A supporter holds up a shirt to call attention to the death of Elijah McClain in August 2019 in Aurora, Colo., during a news conference on the west steps of the State Capitol after Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a broad police accountability bill Friday, June 19, 2020, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A look at a Colorado Black man's death in police encounter

Jul. 6, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Amid the protests across the U.S. against excessive police force against people of color, Elijah McClain’s name has become another rallying cry. McClain, a 23-year-old Black man in the Denver suburb of Aurora, died in August after police officers confronted him as he was walking to a...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick arrives for a workout for NFL football scouts and media in Riverdale, Ga. Colin Kaepernick will be featured in an exclusive docuseries produced by ESPN Films as part of a first-look deal with The Walt Disney Co. The deal between Kaepernick’s production arm, Ra Vision Media, and The Walt Disney Company was announced Monday, July 6, 2020.  (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland, File)

Kaepernick, ESPN team up for documentary series on his life

Jul. 6, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

Colin Kaepernick will be featured in a documentary series produced by ESPN Films as part of a first-look deal with The Walt Disney Co. The deal between Kaepernick’s production arm, Ra Vision Media, and The Walt Disney Co. was announced Monday. The partnership will focus on telling scripted and unscripted...

Medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in vehicles Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvalefor free COVID-19 tests organized by Equality Health Foundation, which focuses on care in underserved communities. As coronavirus infections explode in states like Arizona and Florida, people in communities of color are fighting to get tested. Public health experts say wider testing helps people in underserved neighborhoods and is key to controlling a pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Latino, Black neighborhoods struggle with test disparities

Jul. 6, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Latino cook whose co-worker got COVID-19 waited in his truck for a free swab at a rare testing event in a low-income neighborhood in Phoenix. A Hispanic tile installer queued up after two weeks of self-isolation while his father battled the coronavirus in intensive care. He didn't know his...

In this June 19, 2020, photo, people attend a peaceful rally in Chicago to mark Juneteenth. The holiday celebrates the day in 1865 that enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they had been freed from bondage, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

'Lift Every Voice and Sing' hymn ignites hope across nation

Jul. 6, 2020 3:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the popular hymn within the African American community called “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has resurrected a beacon of hope during nationwide protests. In recent weeks, countless rallies were held from D.C. to...

Police: Men yelled racial slurs at Black family in Oregon

Jul. 5, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) — Seven men were arrested after police say they taunted a Black family by yelling racial slurs and using Nazi salutes during a Fourth of July incident in an Oregon beach town. The men challenged police to a fight when officers arrived to the beach in Lincoln City and set off...