Latest Martin Luther King Jr. News

2 charged in gunfire during racial justice march

May. 08, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

SCHELLSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have announced charges against two people in connection with gunfire between a group of marchers on their way to Washington, D.C., from Milwaukee and a rural Pennsylvania resident last summer. Bedford County District...

EXPLAINER: Will juror's march presence impact Chauvin case?

May. 05, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The revelation that a juror who helped convict a former Minneapolis police officer in the killing of George Floyd had participated in a march in Washington, D.C., months before the trial is unlikely to affect that guilty verdict, experts say. But...

Chauvin's lawyer seeks new trial, hearing to impeach verdict

May. 04, 2021 20:17 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing George Floyd has requested a new trial, saying the court abused its discretion, and he wants a hearing to have the verdict impeached because of what he says is jury misconduct, according...

Man accused of defacing MLK image gets intimidation charge

May. 04, 2021 05:06 AM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A white North Carolina man accused of defacing a memorial honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has been charged with ethnic intimidation, according to authorities. Heath Justus, 31, was arrested at a park in Hendersonville on April 28 after...

Markers honor locations vital to Louisiana civil rights

May. 03, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase's, which served for years as a safe meeting space for civil rights activists to strategize over bowls of Creole gumbo, is the site of the first marker to go up on the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. A 6-foot...

Chauvin juror defends participation in Washington protest

May. 03, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of the jurors who convicted Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd on Monday defended his participation in a protest last summer in Washington, D.C., following online speculation about his motives for serving on the jury and whether it might be grounds for...

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel gets seat at National Cathedral

Apr. 28, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington National Cathedral, the massive Episcopal house of worship that prides itself on being an unfinished work-in-progress whose stones and stained glass tell the story of the 20th and 21st centuries, is unveiling its newest addition: a carving of iconic author,...

Hawaii close to honoring Juneteenth, leaving 1 state holdout

Apr. 27, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii was poised to become the 49th state to recognize Juneteenth after the House and Senate on Tuesday passed legislation designating June 19 as a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. If Hawaii’s governor signs the bill, South...

MLK memorial effort in Boston gets $1M from Bank of America

Apr. 26, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The organization planning a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King in Boston is getting a $1 million grant from Bank of America, company officials said Monday. The grant to King Boston will support the creation of the sculpture...

A Memphis matriarch’s home burned. Her community rebuilt it

Apr. 24, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Betty Isom was fast asleep when the fire started. Her grandson woke her up in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2018, alerting her to the blaze, later determined to be an electrical fire. Isom and her family were not able to douse the fire themselves; the...