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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...

Arizona prisons ban book on black men in the justice system

May. 21, 2019 1:49 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...

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...

State: Man in church shooting aimed to kill 10 white people

May. 20, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prosecutor said Monday that a black man charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church aimed to kill at least 10 white churchgoers and cited a 2015 massacre at a black church in South Carolina. Nashville Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter...

The Latest: New Chicago mayor delivers on reform pledge

May. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Lori Lightfoot as Chicago mayor (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Newly installed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot moved to enact a reform pledge she made during her campaign. Lightfoot signed an executive order Monday afternoon limiting aldermanic prerogative....

The Latest: State: Suspect aimed to kill white churchgoers

May. 20, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of man charged in a 2017 Tennessee church shooting (all times local): 10:45 a.m. A prosecutor says a black man charged with fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church aimed to kill at least 10 white churchgoers and cited a 2015...