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Even with school choice, some Black families find options lacking decades after Brown v. Board

May. 18, 2024 15:21 PM EDT

Since first grade, Julian Morris, 16, has changed schools six times, swinging between predominantly white and predominantly Black classrooms. None has met all his needs, his mother said. At predominantly white schools, he was challenged academically but felt less included. At...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gave few pardons before rushing to clear Army officer who killed a protester

May. 17, 2024 20:56 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In issuing a full pardon to a former Army sergeant convicted of murder in the shooting death of an armed Black Lives Matter protestor, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pushed a limited executive power to its absolute limit to get a desired outcome in a politically charged...

Missouri candidate with ties to the KKK can stay on the Republican ballot, judge rules

May. 17, 2024 20:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A longshot Missouri gubernatorial candidat e with ties to the Ku Klux Klan will stay on the Republican ticket, a judge ruled Friday. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Cotton Walker denied a request by the Missouri GOP to kick Darrell McClanahan out of the...

Biden says landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling on school desegregation was about more than education

May. 17, 2024 17:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling that desegregated schools was about more than just race in education, President Joe Biden said Friday as he commemorated the 70th anniversary of the decision. It was about the promise of America, he said — that it is “big enough for...

A Lakota student's feather plume was cut off her cap during commencement at a New Mexico high school

May. 17, 2024 16:44 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A Lakota student's traditional feather plume was cut off her graduation cap during her high school commencement ceremony this week in northwestern New Mexico. It was during the national anthem Monday night when Farmington High School faculty members...

Last student who helped integrate the University of North Carolina's undergraduate body has died

May. 17, 2024 12:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ralph Kennedy Frasier, the final surviving member of a trio of African American youths who were the first to desegregate the undergraduate student body at North Carolina's flagship public university in the 1950s, has died. Frasier, who had been in declining...

He feared coming out. Now this pastor wants to help Black churches become as welcoming as his own

May. 17, 2024 09:51 AM EDT

It was daunting when the Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, at age 22, replaced a beloved pastor who had ministered to one of suburban Boston’s most famed Black churches for 24 years. It was more daunting — at times agonizing — to reach the decision six years later, in 2015, that God...

Latinos found jobs and cheap housing in a Pennsylvania city but political power has proven elusive

May. 17, 2024 01:25 AM EDT

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — Latinos seeking jobs and affordable housing have transformed Hazleton, Pennsylvania, in recent decades, but a federal lawsuit argues the way representatives are elected to their local school board is unfairly shutting them out of power. Nearly two-thirds of...

70 years after Brown v. Board, America is both more diverse — and more segregated

May. 17, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court laid out a new precedent: Separate but equal has no place in American schools. The message of Brown v. Board of Education was clear. But 70 years later, the impact of the decision is still up for debate. Have Americans truly ended segregation in...

Violence rages in New Caledonia as France rushes emergency reinforcements to its Pacific territory

May. 16, 2024 20:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Violence raged across New Caledonia for the third consecutive day Thursday, hours after France imposed a state of emergency in the French Pacific territory, boosting security forces’ powers to quell unrest in the archipelago that has long sought independence. French...