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Crowds react with joy, wariness to verdict in Floyd's death

Apr. 20, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

London Williams stood in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., moments before the verdict was read in George Floyd's murder trial Tuesday, wondering how he would cope if the white police officer who killed the Black man was acquitted. “I feel very nervous....

Former Democratic Tennessee lawmaker Roscoe Dixon dies

Apr. 16, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Roscoe Dixon, a former Democratic state lawmaker in Tennessee who worked for civil rights groups and served in the Legislature for 25 years before becoming embroiled in the “Tennessee Waltz” corruption scandal, has died, a friend said. He was 71. ...

US Rep. Alcee Hastings dies at 84; was impeached as judge

Apr. 06, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Rep. Alcee Hastings, the fiercely liberal longtime Florida congressman who was dogged throughout his tenure by an impeachment that ended his fast-rising judicial career, died Tuesday. He was 84. Hastings' death was confirmed by his chief of...

A New Orleans restaurant nearly lost to COVID-19 comes back

Mar. 21, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wayne Baquet Sr. had retired once before. That lasted six months. But this time he was serious. After a lifetime running restaurants in New Orleans, he was done. No more serving gumbo. No more making sure that everyone got their fill of fried chicken and bread pudding. ...

Jesse Jackson out of rehabilitation center after surgery

Mar. 04, 2021 12:54 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has been discharged from a rehabilitation center where he spent more than three weeks following an illness and surgery. The 79-year-old founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, who was hospitalized for eight days earlier...

Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton adviser, dies at 85

Mar. 02, 2021 17:30 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Vernon Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington insider and corporate influencer, has died at the age of 85. His niece, Ann Walker Marchant, confirmed...