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In this Friday, May 1, 2020 photo, Patricia and Terry Elam pose at their home in Augusta, Ga. The couple were students at Paine College during the 1970 riot in Augusta when they had to flee the college during the unrest 50 years ago. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

1970 riot propelled Augusta into civil rights era

May. 16, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — On May 11, 1970, Patricia Elam was a Paine College senior preparing to graduate. Aside from the upcoming graduation march, the Bridgeport, Conn., native’s biggest concern was getting packed for her return trip home. She was unaware chaos was unfolding just a few blocks east of...

Fred L. Davis Insurance Agency sits near a busy intersection, Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Founded in the 1960s by civic leader and businessman Fred L. Davis, the business was one of the first black-owned, independent insurance agencies in the South. Davis died Tuesday in Memphis. Davis supported the 1968 sanitation workers' strike in Memphis and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in March of that year. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Civic leader Fred L. Davis dies in Memphis; marched with MLK

May. 12, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Fred L. Davis, a businessman and civic leader who supported the 1968 sanitation workers' strike in Memphis, Tennessee, and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. He was 86. Lynn Norment, a representative for the family, said Davis died Tuesday at his home in Memphis....

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., speaks during a television interview at the Capitol in Washington. Lewis’ endorsement of Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff is the focus of a new television ad from Ossoff’s campaign that begins airing statewide on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ad for Georgia Senate hopeful touts John Lewis' backing

May. 5, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia congressman John Lewis’ endorsement of Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff is the focus of a new television ad from Ossoff’s campaign that began airing statewide on Tuesday. Ossoff, a former congressional aide who broke fundraising records during an unsuccessful 2017...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 1960 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leaves court after being given a four-month sentence in Decatur, Ga., for taking part in a lunch counter sit-in at Rich's department store. Following the publication of

AP Was There: Martin Luther King Jr. sentenced to chain gang

May. 5, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE — The year of 1960 was pivotal for civil rights in America. Segregationist politicians insisted on upholding racist laws and policies that denied black people equal access to many aspects of public life. Legal challenges moved slowly. That year’s...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 1993, file photo, Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula is carried on his team's shoulders after his 325th victory, against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. Shula, who won the most games of any NFL coach and led the Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in league history, died Monday, May 4, 2020, at his South Florida home, the team said. He was 90.  (AP Photo/ George Widman)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

May. 4, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. COVERAGE OF ALASKA POLICING WINS PULITZER The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica win the Pulitzer Prize in public service for illuminating public safety gaps in Alaska, revealing that a third of villages had no police protection. The AP takes the award for...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 1960 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leaves court after being given a four-month sentence in Decatur, Ga., for taking part in a lunch counter sit-in at Rich's department store. Following the publication of

Martin Luther King's traffic ticket changed history's course

May. 4, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — On this day 60 years ago, a black man driving a white woman was pulled over in a traffic stop that would change the course of American history. The incident was unknown to most at the time and has been largely forgotten. The man was Martin Luther King Jr., and his citation on May 4,...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, the limousine carrying mortally wounded President John F. Kennedy races toward the hospital seconds after he was shot in Dallas. Secret Service agent Clinton Hill is riding on the back of the car, Nellie Connally, wife of Texas Gov. John Connally, bends over her wounded husband, and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy leans over the president. (AP Photo/Justin Newman, File)

National traumas familiar for virus-hit, unscathed countries

May. 4, 2020 7:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — National traumas or major political convulsions have been familiar and bloodied territory in the latter 20th and early 21st centuries for some of the countries currently ravaged by the coronavirus. Whether by long and brutal wars, invasions, civil wars, revolutions, terror attacks,...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, Georgia Democrat and former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson poses for a photo in Columbus, Ga. Former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff and Tomlinson, two of the top Georgia Democrats vying to take on Republican Sen. David Perdue in November, took hard swipes at each other during a virtual debate Sunday, May 3, 2020, as criticism of the official response to the coronavirus took center stage. (Mike Haskey/Ledger-Enquirer via AP, File)

Top Georgia Democrats running for US Senate spar in debate

May. 3, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two of the top Georgia Democrats vying to take on Republican Sen. David Perdue in November took hard swipes at each other during a virtual debate Sunday as criticism of the official response to the coronavirus took center stage. Former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson took an opening shot...

President Donald Trump speaks during a Fox News virtual town hall from the Lincoln Memorial, Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In televised town hall, Trump pushes for economic reopening

May. 3, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anxious to spur an economic recovery without risking lives, President Donald Trump on Sunday insisted that “you can satisfy both" — see states gradually lift lockdowns while also protecting people from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 60,000 Americans. The...

FILE - In this July 17, 2019 file photo shows Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington. Georgia officials are investigating a racist text received by the Atlanta mayor. Attorney General Chris Carr directed his office’s prosecution division to investigate who sent the text, spokeswoman Katie Byrd said Friday, April 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Georgia officials investigate racist text to Atlanta mayor

Apr. 24, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials are investigating a racist text received by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Attorney General Chris Carr directed his office’s prosecution division to investigate who sent the text, spokeswoman Katie Byrd said Friday. Bottoms on Wednesday tweeted that she got a...