Latest Black Lives Matter News

Black history class revised by College Board amid criticism

Feb. 01, 2023 15:50 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — High school senior Kahlila Bandele is used to courses that don’t address the African American experience. Then there’s her 9 a.m. class. This week, it spanned topics from Afro-Caribbean migration to jazz. The discussion in her Advanced Placement course...

Police settle Louisiana suit over 2020 beating of Black man

Jan. 31, 2023 17:09 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a Black man who said police officers in a Louisiana city threw him to the ground, slammed his face into the sidewalk and detained him in a mental health unit in retaliation for criticizing the police. Terms...

State of emergency declared over Atlanta 'Cop City' protest

Jan. 26, 2023 17:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Thursday, giving him the option of calling in the Georgia National Guard in response to a violent protest in downtown Atlanta over the killing by authorities of an environmental activist said to have shot a state trooper. ...

Son seeks $50M from LA for dad's death from stun gun zaps

Jan. 21, 2023 00:11 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for the 5-year-old son of a man who died after repeatedly being shocked by Los Angeles police with a stun gun following a traffic collision filed a $50 million claim Friday for damages against the city. The legal claim is required before Keenan...

Oregon school board drops ban on gay pride and other symbols

Jan. 18, 2023 16:32 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A school district in Oregon has quietly rescinded its ban on educators displaying symbols of the Black Lives Matter movement or gay pride, following a court settlement with a teachers' union. Newberg, Ore., a town of about 25,000 residents nestled in Oregon's...

Prosecutors drop appeals against 2 ex-cops in Floyd case

Jan. 11, 2023 19:40 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday accepted the government's request to drop its appeals of the sentences of two former Minneapolis police officers who were convicted of civil rights violations in the murder of George Floyd. The one-page filings in the cases of...

DC residents demand police action after 13-year-old killed

Jan. 11, 2023 15:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fatal shooting of a middle-school student has sparked public uproar as the nation's capital struggles with rising tensions about violent crime and racial justice. Police said they found 13-year-old Karon Blake early Saturday morning suffering from multiple...

Activists: Survey of Black people in US in its homestretch

Dec. 16, 2022 10:39 AM EST

More than 100 racial justice groups, led by a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, are making a last push on a large-scale survey that will be the basis for a public policy agenda focused on the needs of Black people who often are not as engaged in conventional public polling and opinion...

BLM sets up student relief fund as loan forgiveness stalls

Dec. 12, 2022 18:24 PM EST

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation launched a new relief fund Monday aimed at Black college students, alumni and dropouts overburdened by mounting education costs and the student loan debt crisis. The foundation said it set aside $500,000 for the fund and plans to award...

Police fatally shoot man who allegedly had gun in St. Paul

Dec. 06, 2022 12:20 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A police officer in Minnesota fatally shot a man who authorities say displayed a handgun as officers were trying to arrest him, the St. Paul Police Department said Tuesday. Police said that officers were responding to a domestic assault Monday evening and...