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Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha takes a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace at Villa Park in Birmingham, England, Sunday, July 12, 2020. (Tim Keeton/Pool Photo via AP)

Boy, 12, arrested after Palace player Zaha gets racist posts

Jul. 12, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A 12-year-old boy was arrested by police after Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha highlighted racist abuse he received ahead of Sunday's Premier League match at Aston Villa. The racist messages and images referenced the Ivory Coast international being Black and showed the Ku Klux Klan. They...

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Styrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, July 12, 2020. (Joe Klamar/Pool via AP)

F1 star Hamilton raises right fist in fight against racism

Jul. 12, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Standing on the podium to celebrate his latest win, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton raised a clenched right fist and then delivered a message to his fellow drivers not to slow down in the fight against racism. It's 52 years since American sprinters Tommie Smith and John...

FILE - Carrie Mingo Douglas, a member of the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood association and chair of the association's historic district committee, walks around the historic sign of the housing development that she helps maintain in New Orleans, in a Friday, June 8, 2018 file photo. Pontchartrain Park, the first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans is now on the National Register of Historic Places. (Max Becherer /The Advocate via AP, File)

New Orleans' 1st Black subdivision officially historic

Jul. 12, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans — and one of the first in the nation — is now on the National Register of Historic Places. It's great to have national recognition of the neighborhood's historical significance after...

Louisville man's podcast on Black history gains attention

Jul. 12, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jermaine Fowler, like every good podcaster, has a distinct, dynamic voice. His strong, poetic cadence makes listeners want to tune in, not doze off, to the stories he tells. In a recent episode, it was about Ida B. Wells, an abolitionist and investigative journalist. Fowler...

Montgomery native writes reboot of 'The Wonder Years'

Jul. 12, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When Saladin Patterson thinks of his wonder years, they revolve around Montgomery. The good, the bad, the funny, the sad… those days were all in this central Alabama region. Soon, hopefully, the flavor of that time will be on display across the nation. “This is going...

In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, student Naval aviator Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle, assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, stands by a T-45C Goshawk training aircraft following her final flight to complete the undergraduate Tactical Air (Strike) pilot training syllabus, July 7, 2020, in Kingsville, Texas. Swegle is the Navy's first known Black female strike aviator and will receive her Wings of Gold during a ceremony on July 31. (Lt.j.g. Luke Redito/U.S. Navy via AP)

US Navy welcomes 1st Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot

Jul. 11, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

KINGSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Navy has welcomed its first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot. “MAKING HISTORY!” the U.S. Navy tweeted Thursday in response to a post that Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle had completed naval flight school and would later this month receive the flight officer...

Demostrators gather near North Carolina Confederate statue

Jul. 11, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds protested Saturday near a Confederate monument in a central North Carolina city where local officials have tried to limit the activities of demonstrators. The protesters marched 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from Burlington into downtown Graham, where the century-old statue of a soldier...

Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Pierre, who survived multiple suicide attempts, doesn't want people struggling alone. She created The Safe Place, a free Black-oriented mental health app that's seen more signups during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate

Jul. 11, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jasmin Pierre was 18 when she tried to end her life, overdosing on whatever pills she could find. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she survived two more attempts at suicide, which felt like the only way to stop her pain. Years of therapy brought progress, but the 31-year-old Black...

HBCU Delaware State to acquire Wesley College by next summer

Jul. 11, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware State University plans to acquire Wesley College, a private liberal arts college, no later than June 2021. The leaders of both institutions signed a definitive agreement Thursday, the Delaware State News reported. DSU, a historically Black college, still must obtain the...

Black students afraid to return to school after racist tweet

Jul. 11, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Many Black students at Kansas State University are afraid to return to school after a white student made a racist tweet about George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis. Jaden McNeil, tweeted “Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug...