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NAACP president finds family history of white abolitionists

Feb. 15, 2020 3:06 AM EST

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Before Henry Louis Gates Jr. made "Finding Your Roots" a household program on PBS, Johnny Corson was making surprising discoveries about his family on his own. They were discoveries that traced back generations to the fight against slavery, an unexpected Quaker past, and a thirst for...

Teacher cleared for lesson that had students act as slaves

Feb. 14, 2020 9:42 AM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district has cleared a teacher of wrongdoing for having students pretend to be slaves as part of a history lesson. A spokesman for Toms River Regional School District said in a statement issued late Thursday that it was not the intention of eighth-grade social...

Teacher investigated for telling students to act as slaves

Feb. 14, 2020 9:06 AM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district is investigating a teacher's history lesson that had students pretend to be slaves, officials said. According to social media posts by a student in the class, 8th-grade social studies teacher Lawrence Cuneo forced Toms River Intermediate School students...

A bronze statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass is seen during a private viewing ahead of its unveiling at the Maryland State House, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Annapolis. The statue, along with a statue of Harriet Tubman, will be unveiled Monday night in the Old House Chamber, the room where slavery was abolished in Maryland in 1864. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Maryland unveils statues of Tubman, Douglass in Capitol

Feb. 10, 2020 8:30 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — At a time when states are debating the removal of Confederate monuments, Maryland unveiled bronze statues of famed abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass during a ceremony Monday night in the Maryland State House. The life-sized statues were dedicated during a special...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 photo, Ralph Farrell walks through the Red Banks cemetery in Red Banks Mississippi where more than 200 markers indicate recently discovered remains of enslaved persons.(Thomas Wells//The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Tracing the imprint of slavery in Marshall County

Feb. 8, 2020 12:01 AM EST

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — It all started when a culvert needed repair. Members of the Red Banks Cemetery Association thought their job was mostly about maintenance and a little administrative work “We just thought that we were going to come in and handle taking dues, handle people buried and...

This image released by PBS shows Crystal Clarke as Miss Lambe from the series MASTERPIECE: Sandition,

Jane Austen, actress create PBS costume drama diversity

Feb. 4, 2020 3:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crystal Clarke could imagine herself playing the heroine of a period costume drama, a genre that regularly makes its way to TV and film screens with potential breakout roles for young actresses. But the African American tempered her expectations. “I had hope for myself and I knew...

White Wisconsin lawmaker drops Black History Month proposal

Feb. 4, 2020 3:31 PM EST

MADISON, WIs. (AP) — A white Wisconsin lawmaker facing criticism for drawing up a Black History Month resolution honoring white abolitionists abruptly dropped the proposal Tuesday, saying he wants to preserve his relationship with black legislators. State Rep. Scott Allen, a Waukesha Republican, said in a...

Wisconsin lawmakers at odds over Black History Month

Feb. 3, 2020 4:47 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's black lawmakers are feuding with one of their white colleagues after he proposed celebrating Black History Month by recognizing white abolitionists rather than letting them choose their own honorees. Black History Month, an annual celebration of black people's achievements...

Vermont House advances slavery constitutional amendment

Jan. 21, 2020 1:18 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed constitutional amendment to make clear that Vermont prohibits slavery. The Senate passed the proposal last session. Vermont was the first state to abolish adult slavery. The state Constitution currently says no person 21...

Arkansas man gets probation after mailing powder to senator

Jan. 15, 2020 2:46 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 78-year-old Arkansas man has been sentenced to a year of probation after mailing white powder and a threatening letter about slavery reparations to Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s office in Washington two years ago. Henry Edward Goodloe, who is black, pleaded guilty in...