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Today in History

Oct. 19, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2021. There are 73 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 2001, U.S. special forces began operations on the ground in Afghanistan, opening...

Today in History

Oct. 16, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2021. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harpers...

Today in History

Oct. 14, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2021. There are 78 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager (YAY’-gur) became...

Former tobacco field where MLK Jr worked to be preserved

Oct. 11, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) — A plot of land in Connecticut, once a thriving tobacco farm where Martin Luther King Jr. worked as a college student in the 1940s, will be protected for its historic and cultural significance to the state's civil rights history. Last month's...

Analysis: Race theory report aims to sway policymakers

Oct. 10, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican candidates in Mississippi and across the U.S. have been raising money for months by promising to ban teaching of critical race theory. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn both made that pledge a central theme of their stump speeches...

Couple preserving Florida house linked to Martin Luther King

Oct. 10, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A house connected to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is now in the hands of a couple who plans to preserve it. David Manaute and Patti Barry live near 5480 Atlantic View already and were familiar with the house’s history. A historical marker...

Baltimore's Black leaders recall the past in modern protests

Oct. 09, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — The pride was evident in Kim Randall’s voice as she described the police officer handing her a citation. “My grandmother should be proud of me,” said Randall, 52, a Baltimore hotel worker who donned a bright-red, “Voting Rights Now!”...

Alabama capital strips Confederate president's name off road

Oct. 06, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The first capital of the Confederacy has renamed a street honoring the Confederate president to recognize a Black civil rights lawyer instead, despite an Alabama law meant to protect rebel monuments and memorials. The Montgomery City Council...

All-Black Everest team aims to diversify outdoors industry

Sep. 26, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Phil Henderson sees the outdoor industry like a cruise ship. It’s taken a long time for the largely white industry to embrace people of color. But the ship has turned. Almost every corner of the industry is focused on building a diverse population of...

Alabama café customers learn Black history while ordering

Sep. 26, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Catrice Hixon named her new Opelika coffee shop Melanin Café, and she wants people to understand the significance of it. “Melanin is the pigmentation in everybody’s skin,” she said. “The difference with that is the amount of melanin. It’s...