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Marker in Oregon recognizes nation's 1st black paratroopers

Sep. 8, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — History buffs, local officials and a sociology professor recently dedicated a historical marker in Oregon recognizing a segregated Army battalion comprised of the nation's first black paratroopers. Eastern Washington University sociologist Bob Bartlett says 555th Parachute Infantry...

Meet Todrick Hall, a Taylor Swift pal who preaches inclusion

Aug. 30, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Todrick Hall has been preaching about inclusion, self-acceptance and gay pride for much of his career. So it made sense that he would preach about those messages as he accepted an MTV Video Music Award on behalf of Taylor Swift for her anti-hate anthem "You Need to Calm Down." The clip,...

Teacher's rejection of gender identity prompts training

Aug. 16, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Teachers and staff in a Florida school district will be given additional diversity training after a high school math instructor refused to call a transgender student by her chosen gender identity. First Coast News in Jacksonville reports that teacher Thomas Caggiano wrote in an...

Oregon Corrections Department faces $1M civil rights lawsuit

Aug. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former employee is suing the Oregon Department of Corrections for almost $1 million. The Statesman Journal reported Wednesday that Gary Sims says the department's diversity office unlawfully retaliated against him for aiding employees with discrimination complaints. Sims' lawsuit filed...

Driver's licenses could soon offer 'nonbinary' gender choice

Jul. 31, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — People who identify as other than female or male may soon have a third option when getting a Washington driver's license. KING-TV reports Gov. Jay Inslee's office announced Tuesday a push for inclusion by offering the options of female, male and X. The change would also affect instruction...

Top aides leave Dem campaign arm amid diversity complaints

Jul. 30, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mass departure of top aides shook the House Democrats' campaign arm Tuesday, an exodus that followed complaints from Hispanic and black lawmakers that the organization's staff lacked diversity and that came amid a war of words between the party and President Donald Trump over race. Rep....

Actresses of color make equal-pay quest a group effort

Jul. 28, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox recorded "Sisters Are Doin' it For Themselves" in 1985, the Queen of Soul tried out a pointed ad lib for the empowerment anthem. "'Equal pay, that's what we say!'" she exclaimed in one take, as recounted by Lennox at a gathering of female filmmakers...

Ready to fight: Biden leans into racial debate with Dems

Jul. 25, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Biden no longer plans to turn the other cheek. His front-running status fragile, the former vice president is embracing an aggressive plan to confront Democratic rivals who have tried to undermine his popularity with black voters. After ignoring his Democratic competition for much...