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Mourners, constituents pay tribute to US Rep. Cummings

Oct. 23, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The final farewells to the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings began Wednesday in Baltimore, where constituents, family members, elected officials and others remembered the Maryland congressman for working tirelessly and fearlessly for social justice from childhood until his death. Hundreds of...

Virginia Film Festival to feature more than 150 films

Oct. 21, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The 32nd annual Virginia Film Festival is set to open in Charlottesville this week with more than 150 films and an array of guests, including actor and director Ethan Hawke and bestselling author John Grisham. The festival will open Wednesday with a screening of "Just Mercy,"...

Interfaith network aims to rebuild African-American church

Oct. 15, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Inside a small Woodside Avenue church set among the trees, the oldest African-American congregation in the northern Pioneer Valley has made its home for more than a century. But nearly a decade after celebrating the building's centennial in 2010, the Goodwin Memorial A.M.E. Zion...

Civil War-era bell comes home after historic anniversaries

Oct. 13, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — After almost 50 years spent in the basement of Ora McCoy's Appomattox home, a family bell passed down through five generations has found a new life ringing in history along the East Coast. Originally unearthed for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's...

Winfrey picks Ta-Nehisi Coates novel for her book club

Sep. 23, 2019 10:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates' first novel, "The Water Dancer," has been a long and eventful journey. Begun a decade ago, his chronicle of a slave with an extraordinary memory who joins the Underground Railroad is the result of countless drafts, a shift from multiple narrators to a single voice, some...

Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates' debut novel is 1 of year's best

Sep. 23, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

"The Water Dancer" (One World), by Ta-Nehisi Coates If the power of fiction is to transport readers to a world they otherwise couldn't imagine, "The Water Dancer" is a smashing success. National Book Award winner ("Between the World and Me") Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about a topic — slavery — that...

'Harriet,' the first film about Tubman, premieres in Toronto

Sep. 11, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Hard as it may be to believe, "Harriet" is the first feature film about Harriet Tubman. Kasi Lemmons' movie about the Underground Railroad leader premiered Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival where festival director Cameron Bailey, introducing the film, noted the...

New Mexico black professor traces family roots to Aaron Burr

Sep. 6, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When Sherri Burr was a child, her grandmother and great-grandmother told her there was something special about her family. "It was a big secret," Burr said in an interview last week. "My brother and I were told there was something special about our family name . but we were never...

At Toronto, audiences to feast on a fall film omnibus

Sep. 4, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When a movie first comes in contact with an audience, strange things can happen. Take, for instance, the case of "Dolemite," Rudy Ray Moore's classic 1975 Blaxploitation film. A shambling, cheaply made, mostly non-professional production seemed surely headed for the dustbin before a crowded...

September is Underground Railroad Month in Maryland

Sep. 4, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is highlighting Maryland's Underground Railroad history. The governor has named September International Underground Railroad Month to call attention to Maryland's rich history with the network of routes and safe houses used by slaves to escape to free states...