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Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Apr. 13, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. April 11, 2021. Editorial: Keep moving forward on expanded telehealth in Minnesota The pandemic ushered in changes that enhanced patients’ access, convenience. The COVID-19 pandemic forced sweeping...

Two books based on '1619 Project' coming out in November

Apr. 13, 2021 08:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two books based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project” will be released this fall, with contributions from Jesmyn Ward, Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, and dozens of others authors and journalists. “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story”...

University of Virginia dedicates enslaved workers memorial

Apr. 10, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A memorial to enslaved workers who built the University of Virginia was officially dedicated Saturday, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled its official unveiling. The Daily Progress reports that a prerecorded dedication ceremony aired...

Stone Mountain Village to hold 1st Juneteenth celebration

Apr. 10, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — In the shadow of the world’s largest memorial to the Confederacy, the City of Stone Mountain will host its first-ever Juneteenth celebration this summer. City leaders hope the holiday event, which honors the end of slavery, will highlight...

Vermont Senate approves 'reproductive liberty' amendment

Apr. 09, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

The Vermont Senate gave its final approval Friday to a proposal to amend the state constitution to protect a woman’s right to an abortion and other reproductive services. The proposal, a declaration of the “right to personal reproductive liberty,” will now be sent...

Lawmaker seeks to end Louisiana's 'slavery exception' clause

Apr. 08, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A Louisiana lawmaker has put forward legislation to amend the state’s Constitution to abolish forced labor as punishment for those convicted of a crime. Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Brusly, said Wednesday that language effectively protecting the...

Dems blast Oklahoma lawmaker who compared slavery, abortion

Apr. 08, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A white Republican lawmaker from southeast Oklahoma is facing criticism for comparing lawmakers' efforts to end abortion to the fight against slavery. Rep. Jim Olsen, of Roland, made the comments Wednesday during a meeting of the House Public Health...

Students lead US push for fuller Black history education

Apr. 08, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a discussion on slavery. Just like the year before, she...

At Clemson, unmarked slave graves highlight plantation past

Apr. 07, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — On the sloping side of a cemetery on the campus of Clemson University, dozens of small white flags with pink ribbons have replaced the beer cans that once littered a hill where football fans held tailgate parties outside Memorial Stadium. The flags...

Confederate symbols prove difficult to remove in many states

Apr. 03, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Just past the gate at an entrance to the Texas Capitol, a large monument honoring the soldiers of the Confederacy looms, with towering statues and an inscription that reads, “Died for state rights guaranteed under the Constitution.” It is one...