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US Rep. Alcee Hastings dies at 84; was impeached as judge

Apr. 06, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Rep. Alcee Hastings, the fiercely liberal longtime Florida congressman who was dogged throughout his tenure by an impeachment that ended his fast-rising judicial career, died Tuesday. He was 84. Hastings' death was confirmed by his chief of...

A New Orleans restaurant nearly lost to COVID-19 comes back

Mar. 21, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wayne Baquet Sr. had retired once before. That lasted six months. But this time he was serious. After a lifetime running restaurants in New Orleans, he was done. No more serving gumbo. No more making sure that everyone got their fill of fried chicken and bread pudding. ...

Jesse Jackson out of rehabilitation center after surgery

Mar. 04, 2021 12:54 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been discharged from a rehabilitation center where he spent more than three weeks following an illness and surgery. The 79-year-old founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, who was hospitalized for eight days earlier...

Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton adviser, dies at 85

Mar. 02, 2021 17:30 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Vernon Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington insider and corporate influencer, has died at the age of 85. His niece, Ann Walker Marchant, confirmed...

Black hospital faces vaccine mistrust from unlikely source

Feb. 12, 2021 10:06 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — In a makeshift vaccination center at a safety-net Chicago hospital, a patient services aide ushers an older woman with a cane toward a curtained cubicle. “Here, have a seat right here,” Trenese Bland says helpfully, preparing the woman for a shot...

Jesse Jackson released for therapy post gallbladder surgery

Feb. 07, 2021 10:51 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been released to a Chicago physical therapy center following gallbladder surgery and medical observation, a spokesman said Sunday. The 79-year-old civil rights leader experienced “abdominal discomfort” on Jan. 29 and was...

Questlove uncovers 'Black Woodstock' in his hit Sundance doc

Jan. 29, 2021 14:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Questlove responded with incredulous disbelief when he was first told about the footage. A landmark 1969 Harlem concert series that he hadn't heard of? With Stevie Wonder? With Nina Simone? With Sly and the Family Stone, B.B. King and the Staples...

How Stevie Wonder's 'Happy Birthday' helped form US holiday

Jan. 24, 2021 16:52 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the summer of 1979, Stevie Wonder called Coretta Scott King to tell her about a dream he had. “I said to her, you know, ‘I had a dream about this song. And I imagined in this dream I was doing this song. We were marching, too, with...

Family of Black teen killed 15 years ago recall his death

Jan. 24, 2021 03:03 AM EST

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Martin Lee Anderson would’ve been 30 years old on Friday, but his life was cut short just before his 15th birthday. Anderson shares not only the same first name as Martin Luther King Jr., they also share the same Jan. 15 birthday. In fact,...

Reaction to the death of Hank Aaron

Jan. 22, 2021 21:33 PM EST

Reaction to the death of one-time home run king Hank Aaron. He died Friday at the age of 86: “Thank you for everything you ever taught us, for being a trailblazer through adversity and setting an example for all of us African-American ballplayers who came after you....