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Grace Jackson leads a march during a Black Lives Matter protest in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, June 3, 2020. 
Jackson organized and helped lead a rally and march on June 3 in the wake of George Floyd’s homicide, an event centered on “truth and reconciliation” as millions across the nation grapple with police brutality in Black communities. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Alabama teen activist seeks truth, change amid protests

Jul. 4, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It began with a few texts, a flyer and a hashtag: #WeMatterMontgomery. It ended with hundreds of people gathered downtown under the searing June sun, with as equal of a platform given to recent high school graduates as the city’s top leader and a civil rights attorney. It...

FILE - In this June 24, 2020, file photo, Antonio Mingo, right, holds his fists in the air as demonstrators protest in front of a police line on a section of 16th Street that's been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, in Washington. Thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold the 2020 Black National Convention on Aug. 28, 2020, via livestream to produce a new political agenda that builds on the protests that followed George Floyd’s death. Organizers of the gathering shared their plans with The Associated Press on Wednesday, July 1, ahead of an official announcement. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Movement for Black Lives plans virtual national convention

Jul. 1, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Spurred by broad public support for the Black Lives Matter movement, thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention in August to produce a new political agenda that seeks to build on the success of the protests that followed George Floyd's death. The 2020...

In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, rapper DaBaby performs

BET Awards highlight Black voices as artists turn political

Jun. 28, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists used their performances to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers,...

A rainbow light display illuminates the night sky in the West Village near The Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the gay rights movement, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in New York. The light installation was presented by Kind snack foods to mark what would have been the 50th anniversary of the NYC Pride March, which is canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

In NYC, marking 50th anniversary of Pride, no matter what

Jun. 28, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There were protests, rainbow flags and performances — it was LGBTQ Pride, after all. But what was normally an outpouring on the streets of New York City looked a little different this year, thanks to social distancing rules required by the coronavirus. With the city’s massive...

FILE-This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. Blanton, the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted of a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, has died in prison, the governor's office said Friday. He was 81. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Thomas Blanton, KKK bomber of 16th St Baptist Church, dies

Jun. 26, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 82. Gov. Kay Ivey’s...

FILE - In this March 1, 1965 file photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hops over a puddle as it rains in Selma, Ala. King led hundreds of African Americans to the court house in a voter registration drive. At front is civil rights worker Andrew Young, and at right, behind King is Rev. Ralph Abernathy. Today's protests across America against racial injustice are being watched closely by people who five decades ago faced jail cells, bloody assaults, snarling dogs and even potential assassination in the battle against institutional racism. Young, a King lieutenant, marvels at both the sizes and the spontaneity of the protests. The former Democratic congressman, Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador recalled activists spending three months to organize for a 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, campaign in which King and other protesters were jailed.    (AP Photo, File)

Icons of 1960s civil rights movement voice cautious optimism

Jun. 24, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bob Moses says America is at “a lurching moment" for racial change, potentially as transforming as the Civil War era and as the 1960s civil rights movement that he helped lead. “What we are experiencing now as a nation has only happened a couple times in our history,”...

FedEx swaps NASCAR logos to spotlight Civil Rights Museum

Jun. 21, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

Denny Hamlin's longtime sponsor FedEx replaced its logos for NASCAR's race at Talladega Superspeedway to instead feature the National Civil Rights Museum. The company also donated $500,000 “in support of the museum’s mission," which chronicles the history of the civil rights movement in America....

Group: Remove statue of Illinois' 3rd governor, slave owner

Jun. 21, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Residents of a southwestern Illinois community want a statue of the state’s third governor removed from a public plaza, arguing that he owned slaves and used his power to protect the practice. Nearly 500 people have joined a Facebook group that supports petitioning the...

Murals celebrating LGBTQ life to be installed in Chicago

Jun. 21, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Murals celebrating LGBTQ life will be coming to Chicago in the coming days, including to the Magnificent Mile. The work by Chicago artist Sam Kirk was previously on display in New York City, wrapped around Times Square’s main stage during WorldPride last year. The international event...

Teen comes to forefront of local Black Lives Matter movement

Jun. 20, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It began with a few texts, a flyer and a hashtag: #WeMatterMontgomery. It ended with hundreds of people gathered downtown under the searing June sun, with as equal of a platform given to recent high school graduates as the city’s top leader and a civil rights attorney. It...