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Barack Obama, Beyonce, others react to Toni Morrison's death

Aug. 6, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who transformed modern literature, has died. Highlights of reaction to her death: ___ "Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful — a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good...

Trump attacks majority-black district represented by critic

Jul. 28, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday denigrated a majority-black district represented by a congressional nemesis as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," broadening a campaign against prominent critics of his administration that has exacerbated racial tensions. Trump lashed out in...

Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

Jul. 17, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns. In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: "racists" vs. "socialists." Trump's aggressive condemnation of women of color...

House condemns Trump 'racist' tweets in extraordinary rebuke

Jul. 16, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump's Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn't "a racist...

Race becomes new flashpoint with Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez

Jul. 12, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other House Democrats over migrant children in detention at the border was wrenching enough. Then it became about race. First, the freshman's chief of staff compared more centrist Democrats to 1940s segregationists. Then Ocasio-Cortez,...

Dem debates fuel race for support from Black Caucus members

Jul. 3, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris called twice. In her first conversation with Rep. Bobby Rush, a veteran member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Harris was explicit about what she wanted: his endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary. Rush demurred, not yet ready to pick a side in the most...

Biden lands 2020 endorsement from Atlanta Mayor Bottoms

Jun. 28, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

The mayor of Atlanta is endorsing Democrat Joe Biden for president in 2020, providing crucial support from a high-profile black female political leader. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke to The Associated Press ahead of her scheduled Friday announcement. Bottoms says her decision came down to Biden's...

Richmond celebrates formal renaming of Arthur Ashe Boulevard

Jun. 22, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Groundbreaking black tennis player Arthur Ashe Jr.'s hometown of Richmond, Virginia has renamed a major thoroughfare after him, after years of effort. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that thousands of people attended Saturday's ceremony to celebrate the formal renaming of Arthur...

New exhibit traces 4 centuries of black history in Virginia

Jun. 20, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The artifacts in a new exhibit tracing four centuries of black history in Virginia range from the painful to the poignant: leg shackles and chains used during slavery, a letter from a fugitive slave describing the joys of his newfound freedom and a stool from a Richmond lunch counter...