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Illinois may soon return land the US stole from a Prairie Band Potawatomi chief 175 years ago

Jun. 23, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some 175 years after the U.S. government stole land from the chief of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation while he was away visiting relatives, Illinois may soon return it to the tribe. Nothing ever changed the 1829 treaty that Chief Shab-eh-nay signed with...

Traveling exhibit details life of Andrew Young, diplomat, civil rights icon

Jun. 21, 2024 18:48 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The life, achievements and contributions of Andrew Young, the first African-American U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and an invaluable aide to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., go on display next week at the University of Mississippi. The traveling...

Celebrations honor Willie Mays and Negro League players ahead of MLB game at Rickwood Field

Jun. 21, 2024 10:17 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — As Ajay Stone strolled around historic Rickwood Field and gazed at tributes displayed in honor of Willie Mays and other Negro Leaguers, he clutched a cherished memory under his arm. It was a picture from 2004 of Mays holding Stone's then-10-month-old...

Seattle police officer fired for off-duty racist comments

Jun. 20, 2024 23:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer was fired for calling his Chinese American neighbor racist and sexist slurs while off duty in 2022, according to a news report. Officer Burton Hill was fired in May, The Seattle Times reported. The termination stemmed from an...

Family of Black man shot while holding cellphone want murder trial for SWAT officer

Jun. 20, 2024 20:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The family of a Black man holding a cellphone when he was fatally shot by a SWAT officer called Thursday for a murder trial for the officer following the public release of portions of body camera footage of the shooting. Kilyn (KAI-lin) Lewis, 37, was shot as officers...

A DA kept Black women off a jury. California’s Supreme Court says that wasn’t racial bias

Jun. 20, 2024 16:50 PM EDT

One by one, a California prosecutor eliminated five out of six Black women from the jury pool for a death penalty case in which a white carpet cleaner slayed his client, a young mother. The attorney in Alameda County had a reason for each dismissal. He believed one, for instance,...

American Airlines CEO says the removal of several Black passengers from a flight was 'unacceptable'

Jun. 20, 2024 12:30 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines put an unspecified number of employees on leave for their involvement in an incident in which several Black passengers were removed from a flight in Phoenix, allegedly over a complaint about body odor. American CEO Robert Isom wrote in a note to...

On Juneteenth, monument dedicated in Alabama to those who endured slavery

Jun. 19, 2024 18:59 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of surnames grace the towering monument, representing the more than 4 million enslaved people who were freed after the Civil War. The Equal Justice Initiative, a criminal justice reform nonprofit, invoked the Juneteenth holiday — the day that...

Pharrell at Louis Vuitton celebrates the diversity of human skin in Paris UNESCO show

Jun. 19, 2024 17:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With just over a month before the Paris Olympics, Louis Vuitton celebrated the beauty of humans and their skin in a star-studded menswear showcase at the headquarters of U.N. cultural agency UNESCO in Paris. Models wearing garb in all the hues of human flesh paraded around a giant...

Rickwood Field, Willie Mays' first pro park and monument of opportunity and oppression, welcomes MLB

Jun. 19, 2024 14:30 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Gerald Watkins watched Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and other New York Yankees wade through stalks of corn onto an Iowa field in 2021, near the filming site for the 1989 baseball movie “Field of Dreams.” Watkins thought about Rickwood Field, the...