Latest Martin Luther King Jr. News

Court: Landlords can be liable for racially harassed tenants

Dec. 6, 2019 4:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Landlords can be held liable in limited circumstances under federal law when a tenant racially harasses another tenant, a federal appeals court said Friday. In the 2-to-1 split decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said landlords can be liable if it is proved they refused to...

Reporter freed from immigration custody settles lawsuits

Dec. 6, 2019 11:40 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Spanish-language reporter who spent 15 months in immigration detention following his arrest during a protest has reached a legal settlement in a lawsuit against two governments in Memphis, Tennessee. The Commercial Appeal reports that the Shelby County government has paid Manuel...

Arkansas city to rename street to honor Martin Luther King

Dec. 3, 2019 3:32 PM EST

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Officials in the northeast Arkansas city of Jonesboro voted to rename a street in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. following months of spirited debate. The City Council on Monday approved the ordinance to convert Commercial Drive to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. At least one vocal...

Buttigieg turns to black pastor to discuss racism, poverty

Dec. 2, 2019 3:55 AM EST

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — As he labors to win over black voters whose support is vital to his Democratic presidential bid, Pete Buttigieg found a receptive host on Sunday in a civil rights activist who has sought to continue the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s push for a racially diverse national...

‘I know Joe’s heart’: Why black voters are backing Joe Biden

Dec. 1, 2019 2:26 PM EST

After Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden’s past opposition to school busing in a nationally televised Democratic presidential debate, the former vice president who prides himself on strong relationships in the black community was in an unfamiliar place, playing defense on race. But Bebe Coker had a message...

Civil rights activist the Rev. Clay Evans dead at age 94

Nov. 27, 2019 8:43 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Prominent Chicago minister and gospel music singer the Rev. Clay Evans, a civil rights activist who embraced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he expanded his movement out the south, is dead at age 94. Evans’ death was announced Monday in a social media post by the Rev. Charles Jenkins,...

Activist Chicago priest, George Clements, dead at age 87

Nov. 25, 2019 7:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. George Clements, the Chicago priest whose civil rights and social justice activism led to a television movie about his career, died Monday at the age of 87. The Archdiocese of Chicago said Clements died at an Indiana hospital but did not give a cause of death. The Rev Michael...

Inspiring tale of a Chicago neighborhood that would not die

Nov. 25, 2019 4:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — With the echo of African drums, Fairfield Avenue comes alive. Men, women and children, drawn to their front porches by the pulsing beat, witness an impromptu parade led by 60-year-old Hasan Smith. A long line of well-wishers follows him to the home that he helped rebuild — the first...

Pastor embraces community’s support after son’s injury

Nov. 24, 2019 1:06 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Pastor Scott George, founder of Central Florida’s largest nonprofit for the working poor, is pacing the halls of a brain-injury rehabilitation center in Atlanta, where he has spent nearly every day of the past month at his son’s bedside. He pulls out his wallet and unfolds a...

Leading white Democrats court black votes; some find trouble

Nov. 22, 2019 4:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed for the party’s crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display. From black protesters disrupting Elizabeth Warren to the...