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Burkina Faso: 32 Islamic extremists killed, sex slaves freed

Nov. 18, 2019 2:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burkina Faso’s army says 32 Islamic extremists were killed over the weekend in the country’s north and several women used as sex slaves were freed. An army statement says one soldier was also killed in the latest clashes as the extremist presence grows in the West African...

Black NJ lawmakers introduce bill to explore reparations

Nov. 15, 2019 1:19 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Black New Jersey lawmakers have called on the state to examine its role in slavery and possibly pay reparations to its black residents. Leaders of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus introduced a bill Thursday that could establish the New Jersey Reparations Task Force to review...

California’s Huntington Library gets rare slavery documents

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens has acquired rare documents shedding light on anti-slavery efforts taking place before and during the Civil War The institution announced Wednesday it has acquired the ledgers of Quaker abolitionist...

South Korean court begins trial over Japan's sexual slavery

Nov. 13, 2019 5:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul court on Wednesday began hearing a long-awaited civil case filed against the Japanese government by South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's World War II military brothels. The trial at the Seoul Central District Court proceeded with empty seats in the...

Michigan lawmaker criticized for comparing abortion, slavery

Nov. 12, 2019 6:36 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from Democrats for likening abortion to slavery. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College's radio station last week that allowing abortion to occur "at all" is the "scourge of our country now today." "In...

Burial site put into Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

Nov. 12, 2019 12:08 PM EST

UXBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Members of the town's Historical Commission received word last week that the Mrs. Nancy Adams Burial Site, marking the resting ground of a woman who escaped slavery three times and is linked to the region's rich involvement with the Underground Railroad, was accepted by the National...

Professor examines Minnesota's ties to slaveholder wealth

Nov. 11, 2019 1:06 AM EST

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — After years of researching censuses, archives and newspapers, a St. Cloud State University professor has published a book examining the ways slaveholders invested in Minnesota communities, including St. Cloud's. "Slavery's Reach: Southern Slaveholders and the North Star State,"...

Teachers to visit US, Africa slavery sites under new program

Nov. 9, 2019 2:13 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey education and teachers' union officials are vowing to will work together on expanding the teaching of black history, including an initiative to send teachers to sites in the United States and Africa that are associated with the slave trade. The initiative was announced...

Students hope performance brings changes to prison system

Nov. 9, 2019 12:06 AM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — About 30 people stood silently as a haunting noise, much like a prison chain gang at work on a railroad line, filled the air. Moments later, several people ran across the room, their arms flailing as if they're unsure where they should go. About a minute later, everything stopped. The...

Investigation clears Alaska teacher in slavery lesson

Nov. 8, 2019 6:02 PM EST

NORTH POLE, Alaska (AP) — A preliminary internal investigation has found a teacher at North Pole High School did not violate school policies or state or federal laws when teaching a Civil War course that included showing how the South's economic model was tied to slavery. Some social media posts complained...