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Councilman faces call for resignation for Juneteenth message

Jun. 14, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — The president of a northern Virginia NAACP branch is calling for a town councilman's resignation after he wrote a negative message on a Juneteenth proclamation rather than sign it. The Leesburg Town Council passed a resolution proclaiming June 19-20 as Juneteenth and urging residents...

Supreme Court won't put amendments challenge in fast lane

Jun. 14, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Litigation challenging whether two constitutional amendments should be voided despite voter approval won't take the express lane to North Carolina's highest court. Justices on the North Carolina Supreme Court said this week that they won't hear the state NAACP's lawsuit before the...

Federal lawsuit: Arkansas voting system dilutes black rights

Jun. 11, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The voting system for electing judges to Arkansas' top courts violates black residents' rights by diluting the strength of their votes, according to a federal lawsuit filed by civil rights lawyers. The lawsuit filed Monday says that because the state's seven Supreme Court justices...

Attorney: False testimony sent client to prison for murder

May. 17, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An attorney for a North Carolina man serving a life sentence for murder says false testimony sent her client to prison. News outlets report attorney and Duke University law professor Theresa Newman made her argument Friday during an evidentiary hearing for 42-year-old Montoyae...

NAACP: Search for Coppin State president lacks transparency

May. 12, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP says the chair of the search committee for a new Coppin State University president has agreed to meet with him after he complained about the search process. The Baltimore Sun reports that NAACP branch President Kobi Little said the chair...

Officer mourned; suspect's mother says son was troubled

May. 7, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Residents in a Mississippi Gulf Coast city continued on Tuesday to mourn the death of a longtime officer who authorities said was gunned down by a man whose mental health had, according to his mother, been sliding in recent months. A local NAACP leader said the man had threatened to...

The Latest: Service honors slain Mississippi officer

May. 7, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a Mississippi police officer (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Hundreds of Mississippi residents are remembering a Biloxi police officer shot to death. People gathered Tuesday outside the police station, steps away from where Patrolman Robert McKeithen was...

Kamala Harris says AG Barr representing president, not US

May. 5, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Capping a week in which her testy exchange with Attorney General William Barr went viral, Sen. Kamala Harris on Sunday told a crowd of thousands gathered at a dinner hosted by the country's oldest NAACP chapter that Barr "lied to Congress" and "is clearly more interested in representing the...

The Latest: Harris says Barr representing Trump, not US

May. 5, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential campaign (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Fresh from last week's viral moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Kamala Harris said the attorney general "lied to Congress" and "is clearly more interested in representing the...

Annual NAACP fundraiser in Detroit to attract 10,000 people

May. 4, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — About 10,000 people are expected to attend an annual fundraising dinner for the Detroit NAACP branch. Democratic presidential hopeful and California Sen. Kamala Harris will deliver the keynote Sunday evening at the 64th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner at Cobo Center. Harris is among a...