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Debate highlights importance of HBCUs in Democratic politics

Sep. 12, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Thursday's presidential debate wasn't just an opportunity for the leading Democratic candidates to make their case to voters. It was also a chance to highlight Texas Southern University and the role of historically black colleges and universities heading into 2020. The event marked the first...

Today in History

Aug. 31, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2019. There are 122 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 31, 1986, 82 people were killed when an Aeromexico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos, California. The Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov...

AP Interview: Jesse Jackson slams 'dangerous' Trump rhetoric

Aug. 3, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has condemned recent outbursts by President Donald Trump targeting lawmakers of color and inner cities as "dangerous, divisive and diversionary" and says he believes they are fueling white nationalist extremism. In an interview, the longtime civil rights leader...

Jesse Jackson pays homage to Roma at Auschwitz ceremony

Aug. 2, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — American civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson prayed and mourned at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday as he joined survivors paying homage to an often-forgotten genocide — that of the Roma people — on a key 75th anniversary. In addition to the 6 million Jews killed...

Accused of racism, Trump blasts black congressman as racist

Jul. 29, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing growing accusations of racism for his incendiary tweets, President Donald Trump lashed out at his critics Monday and sought to deflect the criticism by labeling a leading black congressman as himself racist. In the latest rhetorical shot at lawmakers of color, Trump said his...

Biden says he's not relying on Obama as 'crutch' in 2020 bid

Jul. 24, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden rarely lets a public event pass without reminding voters of his work alongside President Barack Obama. But the former vice president insisted on Wednesday that he's not overly relying on that relationship to fuel his 2020 White House bid. "It's not a crutch," Biden said during a...