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Documentary explores history of asylum for Black patients

Sep. 25, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — When the American Psychiatric Association celebrated its 175th anniversary three years ago in San Francisco, it featured photographs of two Virginia mental institutions that contributed to its birth — what are now Eastern State and Western State hospitals. ...

Hughes becomes first Black director of Alaska State Troopers

Sep. 02, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Maurice “Mo” Hughes has been promoted to colonel of the Alaska State Troopers, becoming the force's first Black director. He succeeds Bryan Barlow, who was promoted to deputy commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety. The moves, announced...

Wake Forest University renames street to honor trailblazers

Aug. 28, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest University has renamed four existing roads on the campus after “trailblazing professors,” in a move that has removed a road name associated with a former school president with ties to the institution of slavery. The new names will honor...

Minnesota school district lifts gag order on new proposal

Aug. 24, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota school district has shuttered a policy meant to prohibit staff from talking publicly about issues that might reflect negatively on the district, including a recent proposal to dictate what is taught in schools. The so-called gag order came...

Group sues Minneapolis schools over disputed teacher pact

Aug. 23, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A conservative legal group says the latest teacher contract by Minneapolis Public Schools provides discriminatory protections to racial minorities. A lawsuit filed Monday by Judicial Watch challenges the agreement that ended the three-week teachers strike in...

Concerns over segregation display led to post office closure

Aug. 17, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

MONTPELIER STATION, VA (AP) — The United States Postal Service has closed a small Virginia post office over agency management's concerns about its location inside a historic train depot that also serves as a museum about racial segregation. In a statement this week addressing the...

Honor or cultural appropriation? Hospital name spurs debate

Aug. 16, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — While segregation was still casting its ugly shadow over the U.S., the Homer G. Phillips Hospital was providing top-notch medical care to a predominantly African American part of St. Louis and training some of the world's best Black doctors and nurses. The 660-bed...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 14, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. August 14, 2022. Editorial: Unwelcomed in Ohio. Leaders working to make state less attractive, not more “Ohio. Find it Here” road signs welcome visitors at most of our state’s borders. The slogan developed by Columbus-based Cult...

Homebase for Louisiana city's civil rights activity honored

Aug. 12, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

BOGALUSA, La. (AP) — The home that served as the base of operations for the Bogalusa Civil Rights Movement is now recognized with a marker along the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism on Thursday dedicated the seventh marker...

Sesame Place to train workers on diversity after lawsuit

Aug. 10, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sesame Place has announced the implementation of diversity and inclusion training for its employees following a $25 million class-action lawsuit alleging multiple incidents of discrimination after outcry sparked from a video of a costumed character snubbing two 6-year-old...