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Michigan town to keep statue of Black child, South soldier

Jun. 15, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Leaders in a western Michigan community have voted to keep a statue of Confederate and Union Civil War soldiers with a Black child kneeling between them. The Allendale Township board voted 5-2, despite a recommendation from a group that...

'We need more': Democrats frustrated as agenda faces hurdles

Jun. 15, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — They have spent much of the past year fighting for Democrats in this working-class corner of northeastern Pennsylvania, knocking on thousands of doors, giving their evenings to phone banks and devoting weekends to voter registration drives. But...

Videos of violent arrests sparked by vaping stir criticism

Jun. 14, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

OCEAN CIY, Md. (AP) — Videos showing Ocean City police officers kneeing one Black teen and Tasing another on the Boardwalk of that beach community in separate confrontations that began over vaping are stirring criticism of the department’s use of force in such cases. ...

Harvard professor to announce run for Massachusetts governor

Jun. 14, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University professor Danielle Allen, who has never held elected office, is scheduled to announce a run for the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts. Allen is the first Black woman to run for governor as a member of a major party in...

As US COVID-19 death toll nears 600,000, racial gaps persist

Jun. 14, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

Jerry Ramos spent his final days in a California hospital, hooked to an oxygen machine with blood clots in his lungs from COVID-19, his 3-year-old daughter in his thoughts. “I have to be here to watch my princess grow up,” the Mexican American restaurant worker wrote...

Mormons and NAACP seek to advance work with new initiatives

Jun. 14, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Top leaders from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced $9.25 million in new educational and humanitarian projects Monday as they seek to build on an alliance formed with the NAACP in 2018 as part of the faith's efforts to improve race relations....

Justices defer Harvard case on race in college admissions

Jun. 14, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue — whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The justices on Monday put off a decision about...

Former office of Albany's 1st Black lawyer faces demolition

Jun. 14, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The former office of a civil rights attorney credited as being southwest Georgia’s first Black lawyer is facing demolition. A group of activists is trying to save the now roofless building that once served as the law office of the late C.B. King, a...

Ku Klux Klan ruled Denver a century ago; legacy still felt

Jun. 13, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nora Flaherty saw the cross burning in front of St. Dominic Catholic Church in north Denver and ran to her home a block away to get her husband. He grabbed an ax and helped put the fire out, but the Ku Klux Klan members who constructed the symbol of hate...

Justices consider Harvard case on race in college admissions

Jun. 13, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue — whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The justices could say as soon as Monday whether they...