Latest NAACP News

Councilman faces call for resignation for Juneteenth message

Jun. 14, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — The president of a northern Virginia NAACP branch is calling for a town councilman's resignation after he wrote a negative message on a Juneteenth proclamation rather than sign it. The Leesburg Town Council passed a resolution proclaiming June 19-20 as Juneteenth and urging residents...

Federal lawsuit: Arkansas voting system dilutes black rights

Jun. 11, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The voting system for electing judges to Arkansas' top courts violates black residents' rights by diluting the strength of their votes, according to a federal lawsuit filed by civil rights lawyers. The lawsuit filed Monday says that because the state's seven Supreme Court justices...

Officer mourned; suspect's mother says son was troubled

May. 7, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Residents in a Mississippi Gulf Coast city continued on Tuesday to mourn the death of a longtime officer who authorities said was gunned down by a man whose mental health had, according to his mother, been sliding in recent months. A local NAACP leader said the man had threatened to...

The Latest: Service honors slain Mississippi officer

May. 7, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a Mississippi police officer (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Hundreds of Mississippi residents are remembering a Biloxi police officer shot to death. People gathered Tuesday outside the police station, steps away from where Patrolman Robert McKeithen was...

Kamala Harris says AG Barr representing president, not US

May. 5, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Capping a week in which her testy exchange with Attorney General William Barr went viral, Sen. Kamala Harris on Sunday told a crowd of thousands gathered at a dinner hosted by the country's oldest NAACP chapter that Barr "lied to Congress" and "is clearly more interested in representing the...

The Latest: Harris says Barr representing Trump, not US

May. 5, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential campaign (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Fresh from last week's viral moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Kamala Harris said the attorney general "lied to Congress" and "is clearly more interested in representing the...

Workers allege racism at Harley-Davidson plant in Missouri

May. 3, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Minority employees at Harley-Davidson's plant in Kansas City have been subjected to years of harassment and discrimination — including having swastikas and nooses posted in the plant, frequent racial epithets and at least one assault, several employees said at a news...

St. Louis County NAACP president suspended by national group

Apr. 27, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The president of the St. Louis County NAACP has been suspended by the national organization, in part for his support of a bill that would change how Missouri colleges respond to allegations of sexual assault by giving the accused more legal rights. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported...

NAACP raises concerns of harassment in small Missouri town

Apr. 26, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NAACP is questioning why a black middle-schooler in a small Missouri town was suspended for fighting a white student who he says called him a racial slur and cornered him in a bathroom, while the white student was not. Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel said Friday that the...

NAACP critical after LGBT bullying at Missouri school

Apr. 24, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The NAACP is weighing in after at least one student waved a Confederate battle flag while driving through a southwest high school's parking lot on a day focused on raising awareness about LGBT bullying. Two posters promoting the Day of Silence event also were ripped down at Kickapoo...