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'Why not now?' Lawmakers debate reparations for slavery

Jun. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America's history of slavery and racial discrimination. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, the sponsor of...

McConnell on reparations for slavery: Not a 'good idea'

Jun. 18, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday rejected reparations for slavery in part because it would be hard to know whom to pay. The Kentucky Republican spoke to reporters on the eve of a rare House hearing on what compensation, if any, the U.S. might owe for the economic and...

Danny Glover to testify at House slavery reparations hearing

Jun. 13, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is...

Correction: BookExpo-BookCon story

Jun. 6, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story June 2 about BookExpo and BookCon, The Associated Press erroneously identified an author. The author's name, changed recently from Kheryn Callender, is now Kacen Callender. The incorrect pronoun "she" has also been deleted. A corrected version of the story is below: Book sales...

'Sideline' products will be in the spotlight at BookExpo

May. 28, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For as long as she's been a bookstore owner, Gayle Shanks has been an advocate not just for books, but for what some sellers call "sideline" products, from pens to notepads to coffee mugs. "I've spent an enormous part of my career as a bookseller trying to convince my fellow booksellers...