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Supporters of NC man freed from prison demand Cooper pardon

Sep. 24, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of people supporting a North Carolina man who served more than two decades behind bars for a murder he said he didn't commit gathered Friday outside the Executive Mansion as they urged the governor to formally pardon him. Dontae Sharpe and...

Democrats, NAACP sue over Ohio stand-your-ground gun bill

Sep. 09, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawmakers in Ohio's Republican-dominated Legislature violated the state constitution when they added and approved a last-minute provision that eliminated gun owners' duty to retreat when facing threats, according to two Democratic lawmakers, the Ohio branch of the NAACP and...

Texas NAACP files federal complaint over "The Eyes of Texas"

Sep. 08, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas chapter of the NAACP and a group of students have filed a federal civil rights complaint against the University of Texas for its continued use of school song “The Eyes of Texas," which has racist elements in its past. The complaint filed...

Historical markers recall S. Carolina desegregation fights

Sep. 07, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

SUMMERTON, S.C. (AP) — Three new historical markers unveiled in a South Carolina community commemorate its role in two legal battles that helped end racial segregation in U.S. schools. One of the markers stands outside the home where the Rev. J. A. De Laine asked Levi...

Oklahoma NAACP files suit challenging anti-protest law

Aug. 30, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill approved by the Republican-led Oklahoma Legislature this year that seeks to crack down on protesters is unconstitutional and would chill the ability of groups to mobilize people to advocate for racial justice, a civil rights group argues in a federal lawsuit...

Madison high schooler's homemade lightsaber wins gold medal

Aug. 24, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison high schooler has won an award for building his own lightsaber. Wisconsin Public Radio reported that Madison Country Day School senior Kaebren Walker’s creation earned him a gold medal at the NAACP’s...

One last zinger: Dorothy Parker's headstone unveiled in NYC

Aug. 24, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dorothy Parker died in 1967, but it was not until last year that her ashes found a final resting place. Now, at a memorial ceremony at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, her headstone has been unveiled at the family plot where ashes of the writer,...

NAACP: Justice must probe arrest threats against Texas Dems

Aug. 11, 2021 22:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP, one of the nation’s leading civil rights groups, is urging the Justice Department to investigate whether a federal crime was being committed when Texas Republicans threatened to have their Democratic colleagues arrested for refusing to attend a legislative...

Federal court nixes Indiana's voter registration purge law

Jul. 20, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with opponents of an Indiana law aimed at having elections officials immediately purge voter registrations for people who appear to have registered in another state. The decision released Monday upholds an order...

Pike County NAACP leader praises sheriff in firing of deputy

Jul. 18, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

McCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A local NAACP leader in Mississippi is praising a sheriff after he fired a deputy who was accused of acting disrespectfully toward people who were upset at a scene where the burned body of a Black man was found. The Enterprise-Journal reported a...