Latest Martin Luther King Jr. News

All-Black Everest team aims to diversify outdoors industry

Sep. 26, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Phil Henderson sees the outdoor industry like a cruise ship. It’s taken a long time for the largely white industry to embrace people of color. But the ship has turned. Almost every corner of the industry is focused on building a diverse population of...

Alabama café customers learn Black history while ordering

Sep. 26, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Catrice Hixon named her new Opelika coffee shop Melanin Café, and she wants people to understand the significance of it. “Melanin is the pigmentation in everybody’s skin,” she said. “The difference with that is the amount of melanin. It’s...

Alabama city's planning commission OKs renaming street

Sep. 25, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A city planning commission in Alabama's capital city has unanimously passed a recommendation to rename one of its streets for a civil rights lawyer. The recommendation to rename Jeff Davis Avenue to Fred D. Gray Avenue was passed Thursday during...

Chauvin to appeal conviction, sentence in Floyd's death

Sep. 23, 2021 22:31 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in George Floyd’s death intends to appeal his conviction and sentence, saying the judge abused his discretion or erred during several key points in the case, according to documents filed Thursday. ...

R. Kelly jury asked to make him 'pay' or not fall for 'lies'

Sep. 23, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor in closing arguments at the sex-trafficking trial of R. Kelly urged jurors on Thursday to make the R&B superstar “pay” for his alleged crimes, while a defense lawyer told them they've been misled by opportunistic accusers about consensual relationships....

Civil rights museum celebrating anniversary with free day

Sep. 21, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with free admission for visitors on Saturday. Founded in 1991, the Memphis-based museum chronicles the history of civil rights in America, from slavery to...

Utah's newest license plate honors Martin Luther King's work

Sep. 18, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — If you find yourself stuck in traffic and staring at the license plate attached to the vehicle ahead of you in the future, Gov. Spencer Cox said he hopes you’re staring directly at Utah’s newest plate option. The plate features an outline of...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Sep. 13, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

Dallas Morning News. Sept. 10, 2021. Editorial: PBR World Finals is moving to Fort Worth, where rodeo belongs On Aug. 31, the Professional Bull Riders organization announced that its most prestigious event, the PBR World Finals, will move to Dickies...

Virus claims Black morticians, leaving holes in communities

Sep. 10, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

MULLINS, S.C. (AP) — When the last mourners departed and funeral director Shawn Troy was left among the headstones, he wept alone. For five decades, the closing words at countless funerals in this town of 4,400 had been delivered by his father, William Penn Troy Sr. Now...

Civil rights museum honors Michelle Obama, grassroots group

Sep. 02, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama and The Poor People's Campaign have been chosen to receive Freedom Awards from the National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee. The museum said Wednesday that Obama and campaign's two leaders, the Rev. William Barber...