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Marker in Oregon recognizes nation's 1st black paratroopers

Sep. 8, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — History buffs, local officials and a sociology professor recently dedicated a historical marker in Oregon recognizing a segregated Army battalion comprised of the nation's first black paratroopers. Eastern Washington University sociologist Bob Bartlett says 555th Parachute Infantry...

Meet Todrick Hall, a Taylor Swift pal who preaches inclusion

Aug. 30, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Todrick Hall has been preaching about inclusion, self-acceptance and gay pride for much of his career. So it made sense that he would preach about those messages as he accepted an MTV Video Music Award on behalf of Taylor Swift for her anti-hate anthem "You Need to Calm Down." The clip,...

Lawsuit challenges stringent background checks for day care

Aug. 29, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A class action lawsuit filed Thursday contends that recently expanded background checks for child care workers in Massachusetts go too far and discriminate against people of color. The lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court against the state Department of Early Education by the organization...

Jefferson Co. Attorney won't prosecute small pot possession

Aug. 28, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Jefferson County Attorney has announced he will no longer prosecute small marijuana possession cases, while pointing out racial disparities in the enforcement of pot laws in Kentucky's largest city. County Attorney Mike O'Connell says his office will dismiss citations for...

Illinois governor signs law on corporate board diversity

Aug. 28, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A proposal aimed at improving the representation of women and minorities on corporate boards in Illinois has been signed into law. Publicly-traded companies must now report the demographics of their boards and plans for promoting diversity to the Illinois Secretary of State's Office...

Georgia State University president considers school's future

Aug. 24, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University's president has been meeting with faculty, administrators and students to chart the institution's course for the future. President Mark Becker's goals include improving graduation rates; and increasing racial diversity among the faculty. Other goals include the...

Black faculty numbers increase at University of Missouri

Aug. 24, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after hundreds of students protested a racist campus culture at the University of Missouri, the number of minority faculty has ticked up slightly, but numbers still lag the national average and the school acknowledges it struggles to retain non-white staff. Frustrated by the...

Teacher's rejection of gender identity prompts training

Aug. 16, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Teachers and staff in a Florida school district will be given additional diversity training after a high school math instructor refused to call a transgender student by her chosen gender identity. First Coast News in Jacksonville reports that teacher Thomas Caggiano wrote in an...

Oregon Corrections Department faces $1M civil rights lawsuit

Aug. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former employee is suing the Oregon Department of Corrections for almost $1 million. The Statesman Journal reported Wednesday that Gary Sims says the department's diversity office unlawfully retaliated against him for aiding employees with discrimination complaints. Sims' lawsuit filed...

Evers urges diversity in talk to state chamber of commerce

Aug. 13, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is telling the state's business leaders to embrace diversity and make all people feel welcome in order to help deal with worker shortages and an aging population. Evers spoke Tuesday at a policy forum organized by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the...