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Civil rights trail book aims to make history easy to digest

Jun. 23, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — By highlighting cities that played host to significant events during the civil rights movement, a new book aims to make that complex history easier to understand and to pass its legacy on to younger generations. “The Official United States Civil Rights...

Ivory Coast court sentences former PM to life in prison

Jun. 23, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — An Ivory Coast court has sentenced prominent opposition figure and former prime minister Guillaume Soro to life in prison for “undermining the security of the state.” The criminal court in the West African country's largest city, Abidjan,...

DC statehood facing long odds in the Senate

Jun. 22, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Proponents of statehood for Washington, D.C., vowed Tuesday to keep pushing even though the prospects were dim as the bill began working its way through the Senate. “Our democracy is truly in the hands of this Senate,” Mayor Muriel Bowser told the...

Georgia woman honored for leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Jun. 19, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

CULLODEN, Ga. (AP) — On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move from the front of a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The following Monday, the first largely successful demonstration to integrate buses across the South began. A...

Q&A: Abdul-Jabbar talks new documentary, MLK, social justice

Jun. 17, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an NBA legend, but the man known for his trademark skyhook shot has also devoted his life advocating for equality and social justice. Abdul-Jabbar will take another step in his activism walk as an executive producer and...

US intel report warns of more violence by QAnon followers

Jun. 14, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal intelligence report warns that adherents of QAnon, the conspiracy theory embraced by some in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, could target Democrats and other political opponents for more violence as the movement's false prophecies increasingly fail to...

Jane Austen family link to abolition movement comes to light

Jun. 14, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While Jane Austen admirers savor the wit and romance of “Pride and Prejudice” and her other enduring novels, scholars ferret out details of Austen’s life and times, including a family link to slavery that surfaced 50 years ago. The effort to...

Nicaragua stages unprecedented roundup of opposition leaders

Jun. 14, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan police have arrested another opposition politician, bringing to six the number detained over the weekend in an unprecedented roundup of opponents of President Daniel Ortega. Five were arrested Sunday, the biggest one-day roundup so...

Black fear of Tulsa police lingers 100 years after massacre

May. 29, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — There’s been undeniable progress in the relationship between the Tulsa police and the city's Black community in the past 100 years. Then again, it’s hard to imagine it could have gotten worse. Complaints about police bias and a lack of enough...

Markers to honor fight for female suffrage in Alabama

May. 22, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The fight to allow women to vote in Alabama, an issue that became snarled in white supremacist efforts to bar Black people from the polls, will be recalled in a series of historical markers across the state. The first “Votes for Women” marker...