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Black Jewish leader works to boost community, inclusiveness

Jul. 05, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nate Looney is a Black man who grew up in Los Angeles, a descendant of enslaved people from generations ago. He’s also an observant, kippah-wearing Jew. But he doesn’t always feel welcome in Jewish spaces — his skin color sometimes elicits questioning...

Detroit targets old industry sites to improve neighborhoods

Jul. 05, 2022 07:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — One of the first things 84-year-old Mahalie Wilson sees when she steps out of her home on Detroit's east side is the brick, steel and concrete skeleton of the long-vacant Packard plant that looms over the neighborhood. Built in the early 1900s and still churning out...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Jul. 05, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Terre Haute Tribune-Star. July 3, 2022. Editorial: Freedom — and its many contradictions “When in the course of human events...” Those seven words form the opening sentence of the most consequential document in human history. Written during late...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 04, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. June 29, 2022. Editorial: Lawmakers should force TCEQ to get tougher on polluters A state advisory panel this month described the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as “a reluctant regulator” that should do more to protect Texans...

French soccer tournament celebrates diversity, fights racism

Jul. 03, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

CRETEIL, France (AP) — An amateur soccer tournament in France aimed at celebrating ethnic diversity is attracting talent scouts, sponsors and increasing public attention, by uniting young players from low-income neighborhoods with high-profile names in the sport. The National...

The long, ongoing debate over ‘All men are created equal’

Jul. 03, 2022 06:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Jennings is CEO of the Lambda Legal organization, a prominent advocate for LGBTQ rights. He sees his mission in part as fulfilling that hallowed American principle: “All men are created equal.” “Those words say to me, ‘Do better, America.’ And what...

Smithsonian's traveling Green Book exhibit opens in Jackson

Jul. 02, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A look at how African Americans traveled during the Jim Crow era in the U.S. is on display at the Two Mississippi Museums in downtown Jackson. The Negro Motorist Green Book, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition, opened Saturday at the venue, which is part of the...

First Black woman named as Connecticut's top public defender

Jul. 02, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The first Black woman has been appointed as Connecticut's chief public defender. TaShun Bowden-Lewis, who officially began her job on Friday overseeing the Division of Public Defender Services, said she hopes to provide minority clients with a greater sense...

Play tells story of filling in pools rather than integrating

Jul. 02, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — As American citizens celebrated freedom and liberty in their nation on Independence Day, 1961, a government founded on notions of the inalienable human rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness took action at a local level to deny those rights to their fellow...

Black residents chosen to manage music venue

Jul. 02, 2022 03:15 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — West Palm Beach officials chose a local-based operator for the Sunset Lounge on Monday night, capping a protracted process that pitted a non-Black Miami-based group against one led by Black residents eager to oversee the return of a venue that was once the cultural...