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Texas executes avowed racist in black man's dragging death

Apr. 25, 2019 2:37 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man. John William King, who was white, received a lethal injection for the slaying nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr., who was...

Some women of color frustrated by Biden's expected 2020 bid

Apr. 25, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden's decision to enter the Democratic presidential race is causing consternation among some Democrats, particularly women of color, who have been hoping for a nominee who better reflects the nation's diversity. At the She the People forum, billed as the first...

The Latest: Texas executes man for 1998 dragging death

Apr. 24, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a man who orchestrated the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. nearly 21 years ago in Texas. (all times local): 7:20 p.m. An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history has been executed in Texas for the dragging...

Texas has executed a white supremacist who orchestrated the 1998 dragging death of a black man

Apr. 24, 2019 8:17 PM EDT
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas has executed a white supremacist who orchestrated the 1998 dragging death of a black man.

Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with 'The Apollo'

Apr. 24, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater. Roger Ross Williams' "The Apollo" premiered at the iconic Harlem music hall whose 85-year history is chronicled in Williams' documentary. The movie...

White presidential hopefuls face 'woke litmus test' on race

Apr. 24, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — After touring the National Lynching Memorial recently, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke of the "shame" he felt that some white people "kind of looked the other way during these lynching incidents." Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas has acknowledged he "clearly had...

Workers restoring "Green Book" motel where MLK stayed

Apr. 24, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama motel that was featured in "The Negro Motorist Green Book" and provided a home for Martin Luther King Jr. during civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s is being transformed into the centerpiece of a new national monument. Long vacant and in disrepair, the 65-year-old...

Poll: Americans split on college admissions fairness

Apr. 24, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — As a sweeping bribery scandal reignites debate over college admissions, a pair of polls reveal that many Americans think the nation's universities place too much emphasis on factors such as wealth, family ties and athletic ability. The surveys , conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center...

Training for officers to follow racial insensitivity probe

Apr. 24, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Supervisors and senior management in the Detroit Police Department will receive training on inclusiveness, diversity and cultural competency following an investigation into racial insensitivity among some officers and commanders at a west side precinct. Mayor Mike Duggan told reporters...

Teacher of the Year works with youths in juvenile detention

Apr. 24, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As a veteran teacher at a troubled high school in Richmond, Virginia, Rodney Robinson wanted to better understand why so many students go directly from school to prison. So he took a job teaching students at a juvenile detention center. Four years later, Robinson has been chosen as the...