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Former US Rep. Carrie Meek remembered as trailblazer

Nov. 29, 2021 14:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Carrie Meek, who died Sunday, is being remembered as a trailblazer, a descendent of a slave who became one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction. But the late Congressman John Lewis had another way of describing her. ...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Nov. 29, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Nov. 28, 2021. Editorial: Nebraskans should reject radical overhaul of state education board, department Societies should hold fast to an important guiding principle for government: avoid a heavy centralizing of power. This is why...

Carrie Meek, pioneering Black former congresswoman, dies

Nov. 28, 2021 20:30 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Carrie Meek, the grandchild of a slave and a sharecropper’s daughter who became one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction, died Sunday. She was 95. Meek died at her home in Miami after a long illness, her...

Initiative targets diversity gap among leaders in academia

Nov. 28, 2021 16:32 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Researchers at three universities in Maryland will study why there are so few women and people of color in leadership roles at universities. They're also hoping to bring more diversity to those top jobs. The Washington Post reported Saturday...

Holcomb still chasing dream of becoming NFL head coach

Nov. 26, 2021 11:04 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As an African American growing up in Queens, New York, Al Holcomb spent his fall Sundays watching Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys on television, and dreaming of one day becoming an NFL head coach. The 51-year-old Holcomb has spent more than a...

EXPLAINER: Is Russia going to invade Ukraine?

Nov. 24, 2021 11:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. The Kremlin insists it has no such intention and has accused Ukraine and its Western backers of making...

Massachusetts university investigates racial slur in dorm

Nov. 23, 2021 14:39 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts university is investigating a racial slur targeting Black students that was written on the window of a dormitory common space last week, but some students of color say the school's response has been inadequate. The slur was found...

Ricketts rails against U. of Nebraska chancellor, race plan

Nov. 22, 2021 16:49 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts railed Monday against the chancellor of the University of Nebraska's flagship campus in Lincoln, saying he was misled about a plan designed to address racial disparities on campus, even as the university system's president tried to de-escalate the...

Island anger: Guadeloupe closes schools after COVID rioting

Nov. 22, 2021 15:56 PM EST

LE GOSIER, Guadeloupe (AP) — Schools closed across the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on Monday and France's prime minister appealed for calm and dialogue after protests against COVID-19 rules and vaccinations descended into days of rioting and looting. France's...

Six Black women doctors in NC took on vaccine inequality

Nov. 22, 2021 13:29 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Before they became known as the Sister Circle and appeared on the “CBS Evening News,” the six African-American doctors were friends and colleagues at WakeMed in Raleigh. Their conversations became more frequent and pointed last year, as the...