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Richmond organizations raise $1M for new racial justice fund

Nov. 30, 2020 4:08 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Several organizations in Virginia's capital city have partnered to raise $1 million for a fund set to expand wealth and educational opportunities for the Black community and to address structural racism. Officials with Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, SisterFund and the...

Black Marylanders do sauerkraut, German specialty their own

Nov. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Tonya Thomas was an adult and well into her career as a chef when she discovered that Black people outside Maryland don’t normally serve sauerkraut as part of their traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The fermented cabbage dish accented with pig tails or other smoked meats was a staple...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2020, file photo Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, right, gesture toward a crowd during a campaign rally in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Faith takes the forefront as Georgia Senate runoffs heat up

Nov. 29, 2020 8:10 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Bishop Reginald Jackson stepped to the microphone at a drive-in rally outside a church in southwest Atlanta as his voice carried over a loudspeaker and the radio to people gathered in, around and on top of cars that filled the parking lot. “Let’s keep Georgia blue," Jackson...

Pope Francis leaves at the end of a consistory ceremony where 13 bishops were elevated to a cardinal's rank in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Fabio Frustaci/POOL via AP)

Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

Nov. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy Saturday and immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over a ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic. Two new “princes” of the...

Timika Ingram holds a jacket she had when she was a firefighter on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. A group of Black firefighters in a North Carolina city have filed a grievance over conditions they have endured for more than 30 years. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Black firefighters in NC allege racism amid larger reckoning

Nov. 28, 2020 9:02 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — They threw her new cellphone on the roof of the station house and placed nails under the wheels of her pickup truck. As she prepared to answer a call, someone poured tobacco juice in her boots. It was too much for Timika Ingram to bear. “It caused me pain, sleepless...

Eleanor Sanchez, manager of CrossOver Healthcare Ministry's Richmond clinic, helps Sara Eunice Cruz check out Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Alexa Welch Edlund/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Clinic provides safety net for Black, Latino residents

Nov. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Maria Julia Cruz ruffled her purple-streaked hair while clutching a plastic Food Lion bag that contained the medicine keeping her alive. One bottle for her high blood pressure. Another for low blood sugar. Eye drops for her glaucoma. On a recent afternoon, health care workers checked...

Black communities’ distrust of police has roots in history

Nov. 28, 2020 3:01 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sharhonda James is living in hell. She has been plagued by daily nightmares since her 22-year-old son, Nevan Baker, was found hanging from a tree in an Orlando park last month. Orlando police determined Baker had killed himself, a finding that has only fueled James’ agony...

Black drivers stopped a disproportionate rate in Portland

Nov. 27, 2020 12:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Data released by the police bureau in Portland, Oregon, shows Black people were much more likely to be stopped by police in 2019 than people in other racial groups despite being a small part of the city’s population. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that of the 33,035 vehicle...

FILE - In this April 11, 2005 file photo, former Sudanese Prime Minister and head of the National Umma Party, Sadiq Al-Mahdi attends a US-Islamic World Forum meeting held in Doha, Qatar. Al-Mahdi, 84, died of COVID-19 late on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, his party said. (AP Photo, File)

Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan former prime minister, dies of virus

Nov. 27, 2020 12:00 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country's largest political party, died of COVID-19 Thursday in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, his party said. He was 84. Al-Mahdi was taken to Abu Dhabi for treatment in early November. His...

Prison sentence for man who threatened Black renters

Nov. 26, 2020 9:16 AM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty three months ago to charges that he threatened to shoot an African American family for renting a home has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the prison sentenced handed down to Douglas...