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Slaying victim's family angry over possible bail for officer

May. 22, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Relatives of a slaying victim were outraged Wednesday when Mississippi court officials discussed possible bail for a white police officer accused of killing the black woman with whom he was romantically involved. Oxford police officer Matthew Kinne was arrested Monday and charged with...

Harris, Gillibrand offer plans to bolster maternal care

May. 22, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic women running for president unveiled plans Wednesday to improve maternal health care, with Sen. Kamala Harris reintroducing a bill aimed at addressing racial disparities in childbirth care and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand promising to make adoptions and high-tech fertility...

Nashville Civil War fort gets 'slave route' designation

May. 22, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A fort built by African Americans during the Civil War in Nashville has received an international designation for its significance to the history of slavery. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has named Fort Negley a "Site of Memory," as part of its...

Arizona prisons urged to end ban on book about black men

May. 21, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship. The American Civil Liberties Union called on the Arizona Department of Corrections this week...

Wilton Gregory installed as new archbishop of Washington

May. 21, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev. Wilton D. Gregory was installed Tuesday as the seventh archbishop of Washington following a pair of high-profile sexual abuse cases that ensnared his two predecessors. The 71-year-old Gregory, previously the archbishop of Atlanta, becomes the first African American to lead the...

Official apologizes for comment about driving while blonde

May. 21, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City school board president has apologized for equating treatment of blondes to racist treatment of black people during a conversation about racial diversity. WDAF-TV reports that Julie Doane described the remarks as "insensitive" in a newsletter that was released...

1st black woman sworn in as Chicago mayor; vows big reforms

May. 20, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trail about top-to-bottom reforms in the nation's third largest city. "For years, they've said Chicago ain't ready...

In Alabama, Sanders makes appeal to Deep South black voters

May. 20, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made an appeal Monday to black voters in the Deep South, stopping at a historically African American church and calling health care a "human right" that he equated to the civil rights movement. Speaking before a racially diverse crowd...

First black official in Atlantic Coast Conference dies

May. 20, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

APEX, N.C. (AP) — Jim Burch was the first black man to officiate a basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but one of the men he taught to follow in his footsteps said Burch didn't make much out of the achievement. "Everybody else talked about that. He just shared his story and his journey," ACC...

Mother of Trayvon Martin announces run for local office

May. 20, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The mother of the unarmed black teen who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012 has formally announced her candidacy to run for local office. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke to supporters Monday at a small event space tucked away...