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Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, is marked across US

Jun. 19, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

Parades, picnics and lessons in history were offered Saturday to commemorate Juneteenth in the U.S., a day that carried even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden created a federal holiday to observe the end of slavery. A new holiday was “really...

Memphis erases Confederate general from its public spaces

Jun. 19, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s polarizing presence has hung over Memphis since he moved here in 1852 — his legacy cemented by a giant statue that loomed over all who passed his gravesite in a popular park. Defenders considered him a...

Nonprofits look to improve Wisconsin homeownership disparity

Jun. 19, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — To Greg Lewis, the home was beautiful. Cozy and inviting, the two-bedroom house in Milwaukee had a finished basement, two and a half car garage, an attached apartment and a yard. He had his eyes set on it for 42 days, only to learn that the...

UM dental school group looks to promote diversity, inclusion

Jun. 19, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new student group in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is looking to continue the effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the school. The group, Better Together, hosted its first event on May 25, exactly one year after...

Indianapolis man gets 46 months for hate crime at neighbor

Jun. 18, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to federal hate crime and weapons charges for threatening a Black neighbor, prosecutors said. Shepherd Hoehn, 51, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and...

Firefighter alleges he was subjected to racial slurs

Jun. 18, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — A veteran Massachusetts firefighter has filed a lawsuit against the city of Newton alleging that he has been subjected to racist language on the job and has experienced a hostile work environment. Newton firefighter Lee Gilliam, who is Black,...

Beyond "In the Heights," colorism persists, rarely addressed

Jun. 18, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

Every year, Hollywood inevitably comes under criticism for its lack of racial diversity. But another lesser-known yet still pervasive problem also resurfaces: the lack of diversity in skin tone. It happened again with “In the Heights,” a big-budget film based on the...

Zambia's 1st president, Kenneth Kaunda, dies at age 97

Jun. 17, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and a champion of African nationalism who spearheaded the fights to end white minority rule across southern Africa, has died at the age of 97. Kaunda’s death was announced Thursday evening by Zambian...

Iowa governor signs measure heightening protest penalties

Jun. 17, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Thursday a pro-police measure that heightens criminal penalties for certain protest activities, drawing complaints from activists that the changes undermine her promises last year to consider a racial profiling ban and other...

Report: 14 state police troopers discharged in past year

Jun. 17, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A total of 14 Massachusetts State Police troopers have been kicked off the force or have resigned while under investigation in the past year for a variety of infractions including inappropriate texting, ethnic slurs, and sloppy oversight of weapons, according to a published...