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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...

NAACP Image Awards to be televised on BET for first time

Nov. 25, 2019 5:04 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NAACP Image Awards will be televised for the first time on BET. NAACP and the cable network announced Monday that the 51st awards ceremony will be held in Pasadena, California, on Feb. 22. The event will spotlight the contributions of the NAACP and its impact on the community. NAACP...

Suit seeks to block prosecutor from excluding black jurors

Nov. 18, 2019 8:35 PM EST

Four black voters and a branch of the NAACP sued a Mississippi prosecutor on Monday, asking a federal judge to order him to stop excluding African Americans from juries. The lawsuit against District Attorney Doug Evans is an outgrowth of a case where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction of an...

City of Lawrence joins coalition erecting lynching memorial

Nov. 15, 2019 3:40 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The city of Lawrence has joined a community coalition to memorialize the lynching of three black men near downtown in 1882. The Lawrence chapter of the NAACP is working with the Equal Justice Initiative to erect a historical marker with information about the lynching, The Lawrence...

NAACP concerned about deadly Missouri police pursuit crash

Nov. 12, 2019 4:27 PM EST

BEL-RIDGE, Mo. (AP) — The NAACP said it's concerned after a passenger in a fleeing vehicle claimed she had to walk to get help when law enforcement didn't respond to a deadly crash. St. Louis NAACP officials and other prominent activists expressed their concerns at a news conference Monday, more than a...

Former NAACP leader Mfume to run for congressional seat

Nov. 4, 2019 4:56 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former leader of the NAACP, Kweisi Mfume, launched a bid to return to Congress Monday, entering the race for the Maryland congressional seat that became vacant with the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings last month. Mfume, a close friend of Cummings, held that seat from 1987 to 1996...

County administrator hired amid NAACP complaints

Oct. 27, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Georgetown County has chosen a new administrator, but a civil rights group says the County Council chairman unfairly influenced the decision. The council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to offer the job to Abbeville County Administrator David Garner. The two sides are in...

NAACP questions school system's response to racist incidents

Oct. 24, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — The NAACP says a Connecticut town's school system has failed to adequately respond to several incidents of "racially insensitive" behavior among students. Recently, a Shelton middle school student appeared in blackface on Snapchat and an 8-year-old black student was spat on while...