Latest Black Lives Matter News

AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter has $42 million in assets

May. 17, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The foundation started by organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement is still worth tens of millions of dollars, after spending more than $37 million on grants, real estate, consultants, and other expenses, according to tax documents filed with the IRS. In a new,...

Georgia students sue over blocked protest against rebel flag

May. 17, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Several Black students who were suspended for trying to protest Confederate flag displays at their school in Georgia have filed a federal lawsuit against their school district and its board members, accusing them of allowing an extensive pattern of racism including “overt bigotry...

The AP Interview: BLM's Patrisse Cullors denies wrongdoing

May. 09, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — No, insists Patrisse Cullors, former leader of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation: Despite allegations of financial improprieties, neither she nor anyone else in leadership misused millions of dollars in donations. But in an interview with The...

Missoula deputy cleared in killing of man with machete

Apr. 29, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana's sheriff's deputy was justified in killing a man who was running away from officers after refusing orders to drop a machete, a jury assigned to review the case found. Johnny Lee Perry II, who was Black, died Aug. 29 after being shot in the back in...

Father of boy pepper sprayed at BLM protest files lawsuit

Apr. 29, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The father of a child who was hit with pepper spray during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Seattle has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging assault and negligence by police officers. Their use of force sparked national outrage after video and photos...

Feds: Michigan man left nooses, notes mocking BLM movement

Apr. 28, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A retired Michigan optometrist faces federal charges for allegedly leaving nooses and notes mocking the Black Lives Matter movement inside a couple's truck and near or inside stores as well as placing threatening phone calls. Kenneth David Pilon, 61, of...

Activist won't face 2nd trial for illegal voting sign-up

Apr. 22, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors will no longer pursue illegal voter registration charges against a Tennessee woman who was granted a new trial after she challenged her jury conviction, a district attorney said Friday. Charges against Black Lives Matter activist Pamela Moses, 44,...

NeNe Leakes sues saying racism accepted on 'Real Housewives'

Apr. 21, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” NeNe Leakes sued the companies behind the show on Wednesday, alleging that they fostered and tolerated a hostile and racist work environment. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Atlanta says Leakes, who is...

For churches hit by disaster, Easter brings promise of hope

Apr. 14, 2022 08:23 AM EDT

Easter’s message of renewal will be especially poignant this year for four U.S. congregations rebounding from disasters. Their churches were destroyed by a tornado in Kentucky, gutted by a blaze in New York City, shattered when Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast, and filled...

Dutch ABN AMRO bank apologizes for historic links to slavery

Apr. 13, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch bank ABN AMRO apologized Wednesday for historic links to the slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, including the involvement of one of the bank's predecessor institutions in “day-to-day business” of plantations. The bank is the latest...