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Official: 1960s civil rights activist Robert Moses has died

Jul. 25, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who endured beatings and jail while leading black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He was 86. Moses worked to dismantle segregation...

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

Jul. 25, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They're now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary...

Wisconsin residents push for an increase in minimum wage

Jul. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For 26-year-old Olivia McKnight, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would transform her life. As a full-time Popeyes employee in Milwaukee, McKnight makes $10 an hour. This isn’t nearly enough to support herself and her three children. She...

Louisiana social studies standards review sparks controversy

Jul. 24, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A routine update of Louisiana’s social studies standards for K-12 public schools has been delayed amid criticism the proposed benchmarks would paint an overly negative picture of America on race relations and other issues. State Superintendent...

Michigan resident says noose in window meant for politicians

Jul. 24, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A white man in western Michigan said a noose he hung in a window was a statement against corrupt politicians and had nothing to do with race. Someone took a photo of the noose in a second-floor window at Greg Kazemier’s Grand Rapids home and...

After vandalism, NYC George Floyd statue cleaned, will move

Jul. 24, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A statue of George Floyd that was defaced in Brooklyn has been cleaned and is headed for Manhattan's Union Square. The artwork was unveiled on the Juneteenth holiday in a spot on Flatbush Avenue. Five days later on June 24, it was vandalized with black...

Proposed Philadelphia sculpture of Marian Anderson advances

Jul. 24, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Denyce Graves visited Marian Anderson in the Connecticut home where the famed singer lived later in life, the two vocalists talked about how Anderson had never sought to “become the face of the civil rights movement.” But Anderson was called...

U of Louisiana System program aims to cultivate diversity

Jul. 24, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — JaCaleb Smith worked at a trampoline park during his first semester studying chemical engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Along with his summer job at Home Depot, his earnings went to pay for college, but he still wondered if he should — or could...

How mutual aid networks helped people through the pandemic

Jul. 24, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When her apartment’s lease ended in December, Heather Boyd said her landlord gave her two choices: leave or face eviction. Boyd, 45, had fallen behind on rent after losing her job with the U.S. Census Bureau amid the coronavirus pandemic. She...

'This can be me': Black participation rising in gymnastics

Jul. 23, 2021 21:06 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — There's a phenomenon that happens every time Simone Biles appears on a screen inside Power Moves Gymnastics & Fitness. As if flipping a switch, the young women of color on the gym's competitive team spring to life, fueled by the jolt of adrenaline that...