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Iowa's political swing makes Obama's wins harder to repeat

Apr. 11, 2022 08:09 AM EDT

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — In 2008, this overwhelmingly white state was Barack Obama's unlikely launching pad to become the nation's first Black president. Fourteen years later, Iowans aren't showing a similar embrace for the woman running to become its first Black governor. Democrat...

Today in History

Mar. 26, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, March 26, the 85th day of 2022. There are 280 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 26, 2010, the U.S. and Russia sealed the first major nuclear weapons treaty in nearly two decades,...

Former Black-owned restaurant in NC seeks landmark status

Mar. 26, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Standing in a parking lot at the corner of Beatties Ford Road and LaSalle Street in West Charlotte, 82-year-old Elloree Erwin paints a picture of the thriving neighborhood over the decades. There were the lifelong friends she met on frequent walks from the...

Rally marks anniversary of '65 voting march

Mar. 11, 2022 19:32 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — At a rally marking the anniversary of the landmark Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights, speakers drew parallels on Friday between the 1965 struggle and modern fights over voting laws, labor organization and healthcare access. The Rev. William...

Today in History

Mar. 11, 2022 00:17 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, March 11, the 70th day of 2022. There are 295 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 11, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries...

Jussie Smollett to learn fate after staged attack conviction

Mar. 09, 2022 12:24 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — More than three years after Jussie Smollett told police he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on a dark, cold Chicago street, all of the questions swirling around the actor — from whether he staged a fake attack to why he would do such a thing — now boil down to...

In Selma, foot soldier’s kin boosts youth voting rights role

Mar. 07, 2022 13:40 PM EST

For longer than Elliott Smith can recall, annual commemorations of the historic voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, doubled as family reunions. He first attended as a newborn. At Selma's iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge where demonstrators were stopped, tear gassed...

Biden closes out Black History Month with White House event

Feb. 28, 2022 16:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden welcomed Black leaders to the White House Monday for a jovial Black History Month celebration, where he called on Congress to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, and pass voting rights bills. “I know progress can be slow and...

After Trayvon Martin, Crump became civil rights go-to lawyer

Feb. 26, 2022 08:35 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Before Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor and other Black people died at the hands of white police officers or self-appointed vigilantes, there was Martin Lee Anderson. Anderson, a 14-year-old Black teenager, died in 2006 after he was...

Meghan, Prince Harry to receive honor at NAACP Image Awards

Feb. 24, 2022 15:04 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will receive the President’s Award during the 53rd NAACP Image Awards this weekend. The NAACP announced Thursday that it had selected Prince Harry and Meghan who have “heeded the call to social...