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Southern Illinois village elects first black president

Apr. 11, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

COLP, Ill. (AP) — Voters in the southern Illinois community of Colp made history last week when they elected a Black woman village president. The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale reports Marcella Clark was elected Tuesday with 30 votes, with...

Judge allows parts of islander suit alleging discrimination

Apr. 11, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge is letting part of a lawsuit proceed alleging a Georgia county denied services to residents of Sapelo Island in part because they are Black, but with fewer plaintiffs. The Brunswick News reports U.S. District Judge Stan Baker said...

Inside a group’s push to remove a statue to an enslaver

Apr. 11, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The closure of O’Donnell Square Park in Canton without warning Monday evening set off an immediate flurry of emails, texts and phone calls among one group of neighbors in particular. The 50 members of the Canton Anti-Racism Alliance dared to wonder:...

Museum’s virtual happy hour showcases martinis, masterpieces

Apr. 11, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — One showstopper during last Wednesday’s happy hour was the photo of a Black woman. A spotlight illuminated her everything — her voluminous Afro, her commanding pose, the multicolored frock that flowed over her frame. The other showstopper was the...

California News Digest 1:30 pm

Apr. 10, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

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Georgia governor: Loss of All-Star game will hurt minorities

Apr. 10, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's Republican governor on Saturday stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball's decision to pull this summer's All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new voting law, saying the move politicized the sport and would hurt minority-owned...

Minnesota HS students walk out amid racist threats

Apr. 10, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (AP) — High school students in White Bear Lake walked out of class Friday after multiple Black students received racist threats through social media. The threats originated from an anonymous Instagram account but screenshots posted online indicate...

UNC eyes new names for 3 buildings tied to white supremacy

Apr. 10, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina is eying new names for three buildings on its flagship Chapel Hill campus named for people with white supremacist and racist ties. The News & Observer reports that an advisory committee met Thursday to...

Vandal covers Black Lives Matter, Asian equality signs

Apr. 10, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

SHOREWOOD, Wis. (AP) — Police in Shorewood are searching for a vandal who covered up signs supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and Asian equality. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that surveillance video shows a man in a...

Racial justice police group condemns St. Louis County chief

Apr. 10, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The Ethical Society of Police said Friday it had no confidence in St. Louis County Police Chief Mary Barton, in part because a Black officer was reassigned shortly after speaking to the media. The group, which advocates for racial and gender equity...