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Black firefighter says captain took group to racist party

Aug. 11, 2022 20:07 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A legal filing by a Black firefighter in western New York alleges he was pressured by a superior into going to a party that contained racist imagery. In a notice of claim filed Thursday, Jerrod Jones said the party occurred last month at a private home in a...

ReAwaken Tour host says he feels harassed by NY prosecutor

Aug. 11, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A Christian pastor in western New York said he felt intimidated and harassed after the state's attorney general, a Democrat, sent a letter saying she believed a planned far-right political event at his church this week could lead to racial violence. In the...

Book has insight, no clear answer on Northam yearbook photo

Aug. 11, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia author's investigative effort to uncover the origins of a racist photo on Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page has ended inconclusively, according to the author, who has written a book that offers new details about the 2019 scandal and the former...

'Self-professed' white supremacist gets jail for Jan. 6 riot

Aug. 10, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

A Maryland man described by the FBI as a “self-professed” white supremacist was sentenced on Wednesday to four months of incarceration for storming the U.S. Capitol while wearing a court-mandated device that tracked his movements, court records show. U.S. District Judge Timothy...

One of 8 students who integrated Memphis State dies at 81

Aug. 10, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ralph Prater, one of the first Black students to enroll at then-Memphis State University in 1959, has died. He was 81. “Prater’s impact on our institution and community is immeasurable, and we will forever celebrate his remarkable courage and legacy,”...

Soldier's assault suit against officers can proceed to trial

Aug. 10, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Army lieutenant who was pepper-sprayed, struck and handcuffed during a traffic stop in Virginia can present his claims of false imprisonment and assault and battery to a jury, a federal judge has ruled. But the summary judgment Tuesday said federal...

Pioneering art collection returns to Zimbabwe after 70 years

Aug. 10, 2022 05:27 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — For the first time in his life, Gift Livingstone Sango, 65, saw a painting by his father depicting Jesus as a Black man. “My father used to draw Jesus as Black because God is for all of us. He is not a God of color,” said Sango. The...

Grand jury declines to indict woman in Emmett Till killing

Aug. 10, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi grand jury has declined to indict the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago, most likely closing the case that shocked a nation and galvanized the modern civil rights movement. After...

Missouri family says racism led to pool party cancellation

Aug. 09, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A Black family says racism prompted officials at a suburban Kansas City water park to cancel a private pool party for their 17-year-old son's birthday during the weekend. Chris Evans said he signed a contract with Summit Waves Aquatic Facility in Lee's...

8 minority jail officers settle suit over guarding Chauvin

Aug. 09, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eight minority corrections officers who were working at the jail where a former Minneapolis police officer was awaiting trial in the death of George Floyd were awarded nearly $1.5 million Tuesday to settle a lawsuit. The officers filed the racial...