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Author makes readers care about boys about to become men

Nov. 11, 2019 9:46 AM EST

"Nothing More Dangerous," Mulholland, by Allen Eskens Nothing is more dangerous, says one character quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., than "sheer ignorance." That danger can be extended to hatred, bigotry, uncontrolled anger and family ties as Allen Eskens' sixth novel poignantly shows. "Nothing More...

Inmate killed in fight at federal prison in Florida

Nov. 11, 2019 9:39 AM EST

WILDWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a prisoner is dead following a fight between rival gangs at a federal prison in Florida. A Federal Bureau of Prisons statement says the fight occurred about 11:45 a.m. Sunday in the high-security unit of the Federal Correctional Complex-Coleman near Wildwood in central...

'Homegrown in Madison': La Follette grad now on school board

Nov. 11, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — On a recent visit to Madison La Follette High School, it didn't take long for Savion Castro to run into an old friend. Javell Heggs, a football and track coach at the school, reached out for a high five and a hug as the two reminisced about the newest Madison School Board member's high...

North Carolina mayor ready to lead during historic diversity

Nov. 11, 2019 12:05 AM EST

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — When Gastonia Mayor Walker Reid was first elected into the office two years ago, he became the city's first black mayor since 1985. With his re-election to a second, longer term Tuesday, Reid became part of another wave of change. He will now preside for the next four years over what...

Chicago suburb names post office in honor of Tuskegee Airman

Nov. 10, 2019 9:57 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago post office has been named in honor of an original member of the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen who flew scores of missions in World War II. Gabrielle Martin told the Daily Southtown on Wednesday during a ceremony for Robert Martin at Olympia Fields Village Hall that her...

Residents fear development will displace them

Nov. 10, 2019 3:05 AM EST

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Voncile Whitaker flips through a three-ring binder, tracing her hand along photos and newspaper clippings from the early days of the city's black population. Whitaker, 66, grew up in River Park, a Naples neighborhood developed in the '60s as a segregated community for black residents,...

"Black 14" kicked off Wyoming football team receives apology

Nov. 10, 2019 12:06 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Fifty years isn't long enough to keep the tears from welling up in Melvin Hamilton's eyes, eventually spilling onto his face and rolling down his cheeks. He's usually a cheerful guy. But the peaceful sunroom inside his quiet Lake City home can't offset the Charleston native's...

MLK daughter slams Comcast over racial discrimination suit

Nov. 9, 2019 8:02 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has sent a letter to Comcast executives in which she accuses the company of trying to "dismantle" a law barring racial discrimination. The letter released Saturday from the Rev. Bernice King addresses a $20 billion lawsuit from comedian and media...

Teachers to visit US, Africa slavery sites under new program

Nov. 9, 2019 2:13 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey education and teachers' union officials are vowing to will work together on expanding the teaching of black history, including an initiative to send teachers to sites in the United States and Africa that are associated with the slave trade. The initiative was announced...

Michigan State exhibit showcases black travelers' green book

Nov. 9, 2019 10:45 AM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new exhibit at Michigan State University is built around a 20th century guidebook that black motorists relied on during the segregation era to find places where they could safely sleep, eat, shop or find services while traveling. The exhibit for "The Negro Motorist Green Book"...