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In Alabama, tornadoes rattle historic civil rights community

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar's cellphone buzzed relentlessly as a deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes throughout the U.S. South laid waste to relatives' homes and churches across a part of Alabama known as the Black Belt. Text messages and calls from...

 

BLM sets up student relief fund as loan forgiveness stalls

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation launched a new relief fund Monday aimed at Black college students, alumni and dropouts overburdened by mounting education costs and the student loan debt crisis. The foundation said it set aside...

 

'How dare you!': Grief, anger from Buffalo victims' kin

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Relatives of the 10 Black people massacred in a Buffalo supermarket pleaded with the nation Thursday to confront and stop racist violence, their agony pouring out in the tears of a 12-year-old child, hours after the white man...

 

Jackson's speech highlights US race struggles, progress

"In my family, it took just one generation to go from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States." With those words, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson acknowledged both the struggles and progress of Black Americans in her lifetime. Her words,...

 

Black women feel sting of 'traumatizing' Jackson hearings

NEW YORK (AP) — "Senator," she said, letting out an audible sigh. In that singular moment, Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson spoke for countless Black women who have had to gather all the patience, strength and grace within to answer insi...

 

In his final days, Ahmaud Arbery's life was at a crossroads

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — He was at a crossroads, his life stretching out before him, his troubles largely behind him. He had enrolled at South Georgia Technical College, preparing to become an electrician, just like his uncles. But first, he decided,...

 

After Virginia, GOP amplifies debate over race and education

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans plan to forcefully oppose race and diversity curricula — tapping into a surge of parental frustration about public schools — as a core piece of their strategy in the 2022 midterm elections, a coordinated effort to...

 

Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans

DETROIT (AP) — As an American leader, Colin Powell's credentials were impeccable: He was national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs and secretary of state. But his legacy as the first Black person in those roles is murkier, with some...

 

100 years after Tulsa Race Massacre, the damage remains

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — On a recent Sunday, Ernestine Alpha Gibbs returned to Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church. Not her body. She had left this Earth 18 years ago, at age 100. But on this day, three generations of her family brought...

 

Floyd legislation reveals divide in police-reform movement

NEW YORK (AP) — Monifa Bandele became a community organizer in the late 1990s, after New York City police fatally shot a young, unarmed Black immigrant named Amadou Diallo in the Bronx. In the two decades since, she repeatedly witnessed police...

 

AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter opens up about its finances

NEW YORK (AP) — The foundation widely seen as a steward of the Black Lives Matter movement says it took in just over $90 million last year, according to a financial snapshot shared exclusively with The Associated Press. The Black Lives Matter...

 

Hate groups migrate online, making tracking more difficult

During one of the most politically divisive years in recent memory, the number of active hate groups in the U.S. actually declined as far-right extremists migrated further to online networks, a move that has made it harder to track adherents of white...

 

Change laws that shield police, Missouri prosecutor says

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — After a third review failed to uncover enough evidence to charge the officer who fatally shot Black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, some prosecutors and civil rights leaders agree it's time to focus on changing...

 

Movement for Black Lives plans virtual national convention

NEW YORK (AP) — Spurred by broad public support for the Black Lives Matter movement, thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention in August to produce a new political agenda that seeks to build on the success of...

 

AP-NORC poll: Many in US say protest impact will be positive

NEW YORK (AP) — Ahead of the Juneteenth holiday weekend's demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality, more than 4 in 10 Americans say they expect recent protests around the country will bring positive change. A majority say they...

 

Floyd's brother pleads for peace, Trump takes combative tone

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd's brother pleaded for peace in the streets Monday, saying destruction is "not going to bring my brother back at all," while President Donald Trump berated most of the nation's governors as "weak" for not cracking dow...

 

Americans without bank accounts must wait for federal checks

NEW YORK (AP) — As the coronavirus crisis took hold, Akeil Smith's employer slashed her work as a home health aide to 25 hours per week. Her $15-an-hour salary no longer provided enough to pay her $700 monthly rent, and she had to visit food...

 

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