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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Trump not a 'Parasite' fan, praises 'Gone with the Wind'

Feb. 21, 2020 5:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of Oscar winner “Parasite," his biggest complaint being that the movie was made in South Korea. Trump started talking about the Academy Awards during a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday night....

A historical marker stands on the former campus of Wake Forest College in Wake Forest, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. The campus is now home to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

Wake Forest apologizes for slavery in university's past

Feb. 20, 2020 9:51 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The president of Wake Forest University issued a public apology Thursday for the institution's past involvement in slavery. President Nathan Hatch's apology, delivered in a speech during the school's Founders' Day ceremonies, comes after a series of events stirred up racial...

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell speaks at a news conference with lawmakers at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in support of an amendment to to remove a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes from the state Constitution. Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for some time, made it his new year's resolution to get it deleted. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Lawmakers target slavery clause in Minnesota Constitution

Feb. 20, 2020 3:31 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Spurred by a police chief, Minnesota lawmakers launched a drive Thursday to remove from the state constitution a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes. St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for some time, made...

Vegas school probed for racial 'Duck, Duck, Goose' game

Feb. 18, 2020 12:12 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — School district officials in Las Vegas are investigating allegations that a class was playing a game of “Duck, Duck, Goose” that invoked slavery. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday that the principal at Rowe Elementary School issued a message to parents about the...

NAACP president finds family history of white abolitionists

Feb. 15, 2020 3:06 AM EST

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Before Henry Louis Gates Jr. made "Finding Your Roots" a household program on PBS, Johnny Corson was making surprising discoveries about his family on his own. They were discoveries that traced back generations to the fight against slavery, an unexpected Quaker past, and a thirst for...

Teacher cleared for lesson that had students act as slaves

Feb. 14, 2020 9:42 AM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district has cleared a teacher of wrongdoing for having students pretend to be slaves as part of a history lesson. A spokesman for Toms River Regional School District said in a statement issued late Thursday that it was not the intention of eighth-grade social...

Teacher investigated for telling students to act as slaves

Feb. 14, 2020 9:06 AM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district is investigating a teacher's history lesson that had students pretend to be slaves, officials said. According to social media posts by a student in the class, 8th-grade social studies teacher Lawrence Cuneo forced Toms River Intermediate School students...

A bronze statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass is seen during a private viewing ahead of its unveiling at the Maryland State House, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Annapolis. The statue, along with a statue of Harriet Tubman, will be unveiled Monday night in the Old House Chamber, the room where slavery was abolished in Maryland in 1864. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Maryland unveils statues of Tubman, Douglass in Capitol

Feb. 10, 2020 8:30 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — At a time when states are debating the removal of Confederate monuments, Maryland unveiled bronze statues of famed abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass during a ceremony Monday night in the Maryland State House. The life-sized statues were dedicated during a special...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 photo, Ralph Farrell walks through the Red Banks cemetery in Red Banks Mississippi where more than 200 markers indicate recently discovered remains of enslaved persons.(Thomas Wells//The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Tracing the imprint of slavery in Marshall County

Feb. 8, 2020 12:01 AM EST

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — It all started when a culvert needed repair. Members of the Red Banks Cemetery Association thought their job was mostly about maintenance and a little administrative work “We just thought that we were going to come in and handle taking dues, handle people buried and...

This image released by PBS shows Crystal Clarke as Miss Lambe from the series MASTERPIECE: Sandition,

Jane Austen, actress create PBS costume drama diversity

Feb. 4, 2020 3:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crystal Clarke could imagine herself playing the heroine of a period costume drama, a genre that regularly makes its way to TV and film screens with potential breakout roles for young actresses. But the African American tempered her expectations. “I had hope for myself and I knew...