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Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 16, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

The Advocate. June 14, 2021. Editorial: Martha White earned her place in civil rights history The world knows Rosa Parks’ name and her story, and rightfully so. Yet the late civil rights icon was part of a generation of Black...

Martha White dies, sparked '53 Louisiana capital bus boycott

Jun. 11, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Martha White, a Black woman whose actions helped launch the 1953 bus boycotts in Louisiana's capital city, has died. She was 99. White died Saturday, her family and others confirmed. White, then 31, was working as a...

Ex-lawmaker, lawyer pay $20,000 to The Detroit News

May. 05, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit News said a former state lawmaker and his lawyer agreed to pay $20,000 to settle a lawsuit against the newspaper. Ex-Rep. Todd Courser had filed a defamation lawsuit against the News for a 2015 report about efforts to cover up an affair with...

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,...

In a time of stress, Black people look to yoga for healing

Apr. 25, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — As Kendra Blackett-Dibinga headed to her yoga studio in Mount Vernon on the first day of the trial for the Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd, she spotted a Black man wearing a hoodie, emblazoned with big white letters: “I Can’t Breathe.”...

VP Harris sits at counter where Greensboro Four made history

Apr. 19, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

Vice President Kamala Harris took a detour while visiting North Carolina on Monday to sit at the same lunch counter where four Black college students known as the Greensboro Four conducted a peaceful sit-in 61 years ago that became defining moment in the civil rights movement. ...

Students lead US push for fuller Black history education

Apr. 16, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a discussion on slavery. Just like the year before, she...

School with racist's name to be renamed after Harriet Tubman

Mar. 22, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago elementary school long named for a biologist who promoted racist ideology will be renamed for abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The renaming of Louis Agassiz Elementary School to Harriet Tubman IB World School comes as part of the Chicago Public...