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Moral Monday Leader on U.S.: ‘Can’t Afford to Be Silent’

Moral Monday Leader on U.S.: ‘Can’t Afford to Be Silent’

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. William Barber walks gingerly with a cane, in a hunched-over posture, yet here he is on a recent Monday, leading 3,500 protesters on a downtown street. He says God must have a sense of humor to call on a man who has such difficulty walking to lead the Moral [...]
Case of Raised Baton on L.A. Skid Row Draws Questions  LOS ANGELES (AP) — An officer dropped a nightstick during a struggle with a homeless man who was shot to death by police on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, and the woman who picked it up now faces an assault charge that could send her to prison for 25 years to life. The March shooting was [...]
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Final Resting Place of First Freed Black Male Slave Is FoundMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers believe they found the grave of a man who could be considered the first Black male slave freed by Abraham Lincoln, tracking his final resting place to the cemetery of a former Minnesota psychiatric hospital. William Henry Costley was just 10 months old in 1841 when Lincoln, who was still a young [...]
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Special Series: A Social Worker Stands Ready to HelpYoung, involved and passionate are some of the words that Mikki Anaya, a grassroots advocate in New Mexico uses to describe Aurea Cardiel, a 24-year-old community activist in New Mexico. Aurea became involved with helping her community when she was a high school student. She engaged in electoral organizing work with the La Raza Unida [...]
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Q&A: On Sandra Bland’s Death in a Texas JailDALLAS (AP) — The release of information from the autopsy of a Chicago-area woman who died in a Texas jail has provided some answers in the case, with authorities saying she had no injuries that were consistent with a homicide. Sandra Bland, who was from Naperville, Illinois, was stopped July 10 after coming to Texas to interview [...]
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U.S. Files Hate Crime Charges in Charleston ShootingWASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of killing nine Black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, was motivated by racial hatred and a desire to commit a “notorious attack” when he opened fire inside a historic house of worship last month, according to a federal grand jury indictment issued Wednesday that makes him eligible for [...]
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Navajo Nation Changes Language Requirement for LeadersFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajos have voted to loosen language requirements for their top leaders, eliminating the need for them to be fluent in Navajo and giving voters more discretion in who can hold elected office.  The passage of the referendum also raises the possibility that the Navajo Nation could elect a non-Navajo-speaking president and vice [...]
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Ferguson Picks Black Officer to be Interim Police ChiefFERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson leaders introduced a new interim police chief Wednesday, tasking the Black police commander from Arizona with building trust between residents of the predominantly Black St. Louis suburb and its mostly White officers, nearly a year since Michael Brown’s death roiled racial tensions. Andre Anderson, a 50-year-old with a quarter century in [...]
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What Does a $34 Million Gift Mean for Oakland, California?So what does a $34 million investment in Oakland, California actually mean in terms of positive change? Well, consider it this way: Fifteen percent of the more than 406,200 residents in this racially-diverse Northern California city with a history of working families are expected to benefit in some way. Talk about an investment with teeth and [...]
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Texas Jail Where Sandra Bland Died Admits Past ErrorsHEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — The operators of a Texas jail where a Black woman died after she was arrested in a traffic stop have acknowledged violating state rules on guard training and the monitoring of inmates. The Waller County Jail, about 60 miles northwest of Houston, is under investigation in the death of Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area [...]
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