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Black woman who had trailblazing Navy career dies at 83

Oct. 15, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Raye Montague, a trailblazing black woman from Arkansas who revolutionized the way the U.S. Navy designed ships, has died. She was 83. Montague, who had a 33-year career in the Navy, developed a computer program that created rough drafts of ship specifications. She told the...

Contestants accuse Mrs. America pageant CEO of racial bias

Oct. 15, 2018 7:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Four contestants in this year's Mrs. America pageant on Monday called for the pageant's CEO to apologize over accusations he used racial slurs and stereotypes in a conversation at a contest-related event. The four women, three African-American and one white, spoke at a news conference in...

AP Was There: Smith and Carlos protest during 1968 Olympics

Oct. 15, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — By the time they reached Mexico City in October 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were representing a country being torn apart. The Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., and Bobby Kennedy, riots outside the Democratic convention in Chicago and growing unrest over...

Annual black heritage visual exhibit opens at Ohio museum

Oct. 13, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An annual Ohio art show will once again highlight black history and culture through several artistic mediums. The fifth annual Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms exhibit opens Saturday at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. The juried show runs through January and features 69...

South Carolina swarmed by potential Democratic candidates

Oct. 13, 2018 1:12 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even by South Carolina standards, this is a lot. There's no set date for the state's pivotal 2020 presidential primary. But that's not stopping a half dozen potential Democratic contenders from swarming the state over the next week, connecting with voters and political operatives. The...

Democratic presidential prospects swarm South Carolina

Oct. 12, 2018 8:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even by South Carolina standards, this is a lot. There's no set date for the state's pivotal 2020 presidential primary. But that's not stopping a half dozen potential Democratic contenders from swarming the state over the next week, connecting with voters and political operatives. The...

Georgia GOP governor candidate sued over voter registrations

Oct. 12, 2018 6:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights organizations have filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, accusing his office of preventing minority voters from registering ahead of next month's closely watched race. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal...

Man convicted of assault for shooting at lost black teen

Oct. 12, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A white retired firefighter has been convicted of assault for shooting at a black teenager who came to his suburban Detroit home for directions. Jeffrey Zeigler was charged with attempted murder, but Oakland County jurors on Friday convicted him of the lesser assault charge...

The lessons after threats drive a black legislator to quit

Oct. 12, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Voters in this very liberal, very white state made Kiah Morris a pioneer when in 2014 they elected her as its first black female legislator. Two years later, another Vermont surfaced: racist threats that eventually forced her to leave office in fear and frustration. After she won the...

Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86

Oct. 12, 2018 6:35 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Roelof "Pik" Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa's apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but recognized that change was inevitable, died on Friday at age 86. Botha died in "the early hours of the morning" at his home after an...