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Son of church shooting victim draws on tragedy to share hope

Jun. 21, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Sometimes, standing before his audience, Chris Singleton likes to tell the story of the father and son walking the beach after a hurricane has destroyed their home. Strewn across the sand are hundreds of starfish, washed up by the storm and on the verge of death. ...

Analysis: Controversies had unexpected twists in La. session

Jun. 20, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's legislative session saw lawmakers engage in many of the same cultural clashes as their counterparts in other states and several of their own unique disputes, but with some surprising outcomes. The majority-Republican House and Senate...

Judge overturns murder conviction over juror-selection bias

Jun. 20, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana judge has overturned a Black man's murder conviction after prosecutors agreed with defense attorneys that it was unlikely that earlier prosecutors struck possible Black jurors by chance. The Times-Picayune ' The New Orleans Advocate...

Louisiana sees racial gaps in dual enrollment courses

Jun. 20, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana continues to see major racial gaps in which students take high school classes for college credit, an education consultant told public school and college leaders. The Advocate reports the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and...

Baltimore was one of first cities to celebrate drag culture

Jun. 20, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — It was the night of nights in 1931 Baltimore. Drinks were flowing and gowns of satin and velvet — some decked in rhinestones, others layered under fur throws — sashayed around the dance floor. Whispers of who would be named “best dressed” of the eighth annual ball...

Auburn University band names first Black female drum major

Jun. 20, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Brianna Jarvis will lead the Auburn University Marching Band into Jordan-Hare Stadium when the football team plays Akron on Sept. 4. She will also be making history as the band’s first Black female drum major. The music...

Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, is marked across US

Jun. 19, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

Parades, picnics and lessons in history were offered Saturday to commemorate Juneteenth in the U.S., a day that carried even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden created a federal holiday to observe the end of slavery. A new holiday was “really...

Californians fete Juneteenth with street parades, festivals

Jun. 19, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For 20 years, Sacramento’s Black community has organized a Juneteenth festival to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration features a parade, talent show, food and health fair, and even a golf tournament. It’s a...

Federal holiday pressures companies to give Juneteenth off

Jun. 19, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The declaration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is putting the pressure on more U.S. companies to give their employees the day off, accelerating a movement that took off last year in response to the racial justice protests that swept the country. ...

Memphis erases Confederate general from its public spaces

Jun. 19, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s polarizing presence has hung over Memphis since he moved here in 1852 — his legacy cemented by a giant statue that loomed over all who passed his gravesite in a popular park. Defenders considered him a...