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NAACP accepts apology from sheriff for racist text message

Sep. 6, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi chapter of the NAACP has accepted an apology from a sheriff who sent out a racist text message. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Lee County NAACP chapter released a hand-written apology letter from Sheriff Jim Johnson Wednesday. Chapter President Chris...

Alabama governor doesn't plan to resign over blackface skit

Sep. 3, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday that she should not have worn blackface in a college skit decades ago, but she does not plan to resign over something that happened so long in the past. In her first public appearance since issuing a public apology last week, Ivey, 74, reiterated...

Alabama governor apologizes for wearing blackface in college

Aug. 29, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey apologized Thursday for wearing blackface decades ago, becoming the latest politician to face scrutiny over racially insensitive photos and actions from their university days. Ivey, 74, issued the apology after a 1967 radio interview surfaced in which her...

Freed man says he relied on mother, God while behind bars

Aug. 22, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who maintained his innocence even as he served a life sentence for a murder he didn't commit was freed Thursday and said he got his strength in prison from God and his mother. Dontae Sharpe went free after an evidentiary hearing in Pitt County court in Greenville,...

Education lacking on Missouri ID law, critics argue in court

Aug. 19, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Critics of Missouri's new voter identification law argued in court Monday that election officials hadn't done enough to help residents navigate the changes, countering the secretary of state's position that his 18-month informational campaign "far exceeded" the legal...

Groups seek to block Tennessee voter signup penalties law

Aug. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several voter registration organizations are asking a judge to stop Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters from taking effect in October, saying the law has already curtailed their ability to enroll voters in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised...

County NAACP group seeks sheriff's apology for racist texts

Aug. 16, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi NAACP chapter has asked a sheriff to apologize for recently discovered racist remarks and the group wants an official reprimand from the county board that appropriates the sheriff's office's funds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Lee County NAACP on...

Lawsuit challenges schools named after Confederate leaders

Aug. 16, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A local chapter of the NAACP is suing a Virginia county in an effort to change the names of schools named in honor of Confederate leaders. The Hanover County chapter of the NAACP said Friday that it was filing a federal lawsuit challenging the school names on constitutional grounds....

Black leaders support preserving controversial mural

Aug. 6, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of prominent African American leaders in San Francisco want to preserve a controversial mural displayed in a public high school that some have criticized as racist. Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco NAACP, on Tuesday called on the school board to reconsider its vote to...

Biden says he's not relying on Obama as 'crutch' in 2020 bid

Jul. 24, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden rarely lets a public event pass without reminding voters of his work alongside President Barack Obama. But the former vice president insisted on Wednesday that he's not overly relying on that relationship to fuel his 2020 White House bid. "It's not a crutch," Biden said during a...