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Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali doc is based on Ga. professor’s book

Sep. 05, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In the early 1960s, firebrand preacher Malcolm X and boxing phenom Cassius Clay became close friends, a fascinating relationship that fell apart and never was repaired before Malcolm X was killed by an assassin in 1965. That relationship is explored in...

Marchers across US call on Congress to bolster voting rights

Aug. 28, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of voting rights advocates rallied across the country Saturday to call for sweeping federal laws that would wipe out voting restrictions advancing in some Republican-controlled states that could make it harder to cast a ballot. Many activists...

Hochul announces Benjamin as pick for lieutenant governor

Aug. 26, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul introduced state Sen. Brian Benjamin as her choice for lieutenant governor Thursday in the senator's Harlem district, where the two promised to work together to address the ongoing pandemic and get COVID-19 relief into New Yorkers' pockets. ...

U.S. voting rights events reflect multiracial reform agenda

Aug. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

A decades-old fight to expand and protect voting rights will intensify this weekend, when multiracial coalitions of civil, human and labor rights leaders hold rallies in Washington and across the nation to urge passage of federal voter protections eroded since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ...

Laughter, tears, cheers at funeral for Biz Markie

Aug. 02, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — With laughter and tears, songs and stories, friends and family of Biz Markie celebrated his life and legacy at a funeral Monday, remembering the rapper as larger than life and full of love. “He cared for people, he had a way of making us laugh...

Biden blasts 'un-American' voting limits; Texas Dems act

Jul. 13, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Joe Biden declared preserving voting rights an urgent national "test of our time” on Tuesday but offered few concrete proposals to meet it. Texas Democrats took their own dramatic action to stymie Republican efforts to tighten ballot restrictions in their...

File on deputy shooting of Arkansas teen goes to prosecutors

Jul. 09, 2021 21:03 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police on Friday handed over to prosecutors the results of its investigation into a deputy's fatal shooting of a white teenager that has drawn the attention of civil rights activists nationwide. Lonoke County Prosecutor Chuck...

As frustration mounts, a White House push on voting rights

Jul. 09, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a call to “save American democracy,” the Biden administration has unveiled new efforts to protect access to the ballot amid rising complaints from civil rights activists and other Democrats that the White House hasn't done enough to counter Republican-led state...

Amid growing frustration, White House pushes voting rights

Jul. 08, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a call to “save American democracy,” the Biden administration on Thursday unveiled new efforts to help protect voting rights amid growing complaints from civil rights activists and other Democrats that the White House has not done enough to fight attempts by...

Al Sharpton eulogizes white Arkansas teen shot by deputy

Jul. 06, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

BEEBE, Ark. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton and attorneys for George Floyd's family on Tuesday mourned a white Arkansas teenager fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy, as they urged support across racial lines for efforts to reform police practices. Sharpton eulogized...