Latest NAACP News

The Latest: Group wants independent inquiry in witness death

Oct. 7, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the death of a witness who testified at the trial of a Dallas police officer who fatally shot her neighbor (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. is requesting an independent investigation into the fatal shooting of a key witness in a...

NAACP suspends NC candidate over sexual harassment claim

Sep. 26, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The national NAACP said Thursday that it has suspended a candidate for president of the North Carolina chapter over sexual harassment claims made against him by a former employee. In a statement posted on its website, the Baltimore-based organization said the Rev. Curtis Gatewood was...

The Latest: Ex-staffer: NAACP action is 'bittersweet'

Sep. 26, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the sexual harassment complaint within the North Carolina NAACP (all times local): 9:55 p.m. The former employee of the North Carolina NAACP who says her supervisor sexually harassed her says the man's suspension from the civil rights organization is "a bittersweet...

Ex-NAACP employee accuses supervisor of sexual harassment

Sep. 25, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A sexual harassment claim against a North Carolina NAACP official is raising questions about how the national organization handled the case and whether a nationwide policy on sexual harassment is overdue for the venerated civil rights organization in the era of #MeToo. A former youth...

NAACP accepts apology from sheriff for racist text message

Sep. 6, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi chapter of the NAACP has accepted an apology from a sheriff who sent out a racist text message. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Lee County NAACP chapter released a hand-written apology letter from Sheriff Jim Johnson Wednesday. Chapter President Chris...

Alabama governor doesn't plan to resign over blackface skit

Sep. 3, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday that she should not have worn blackface in a college skit decades ago, but she does not plan to resign over something that happened so long in the past. In her first public appearance since issuing a public apology last week, Ivey, 74, reiterated...

Alabama governor apologizes for wearing blackface in college

Aug. 29, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey apologized Thursday for wearing blackface decades ago, becoming the latest politician to face scrutiny over racially insensitive photos and actions from their university days. Ivey, 74, issued the apology after a 1967 radio interview surfaced in which her...

Freed man says he relied on mother, God while behind bars

Aug. 22, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who maintained his innocence even as he served a life sentence for a murder he didn't commit was freed Thursday and said he got his strength in prison from God and his mother. Dontae Sharpe went free after an evidentiary hearing in Pitt County court in Greenville,...