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Remembering Afeni Shakur: Businesswoman, activist and mother of rapper Tupac Shakur

Afeni Shakur, activist and former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died of an apparent heart attack, authorities said May 3. She ...

Legendary civil rights activist shares stories, experiences

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland experienced it all as an activist in the early 1960s. She was shot at and cursed, hunted by the Ku Klux Klan and disowned by her family.

Prince fought throat, stomach pains in his final months

On stage, Prince was still captivating audiences at recent performances in Australia and California. He hosted a pop-up party at his Paisley Park studio, and there were few outward signs in his final months that anything was wrong.

Club to restore 1904 African American orphanage

A 4-H Club wants to restore a Springfield building that was an orphanage for African Americans.

Princeton to keep Wilson’s name despite his bigotry

Woodrow Wilson’s name will remain on Princeton University’s public policy school, despite calls to remove it because the former U.S. president was a segregationist, the Ivy League university announced Monday.

Princeston students discuss Wilson’s legacy

African American students Kristen Coke and Jameil Brown enrolled at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Princeton University not knowing much about the school’s namesake aside from his oft-touted positive accomplishments, from the changes he ...

Rare anti-slavery book owned by Du Bois

Randall Burkett still remembers the phone call.

Obama Commutes Sentences of 61 Prisoners

President Barack Obama commuted the federal prison sentences of 61 drug offenders on Wednesday including more than a third serving life sentences, working to give new energy to calls for overhauling the U.S. criminal justice system.

The story of four Black Revolutionary War veterans

In a rural wooded area, near the Plymouth and Kingston town lines, there’s a nondescript memorial at a spot that is arguably as important as any in American history.

Black Press Week hosts historic summit

Publishers and leaders from the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a trade group of more than 200 Black-owned media companie

Flag lawsuit: Confederate emblem is a ‘vestige’ of slavery

The Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is unconstitutional because it’s a “vestige” of slavery, an attorney argues in an update to his lawsuit seeking to change the banner.

Descendant of slave who stole rebel ship named head of South Carolina museum

S.C. – The great-great-grandson of a slave who commandeered a Confederate ship and took it to Union forces blockading the South Carolina coast is the new president and CEO of the planned $75 million International African American Museum in Charleston.

Showdown brewing over naming Scalia’s successor

President Barack Obama will select a nominee to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia despite fierce opposition by Republican leaders who prefer the seat be left vacant for nearly a year so that it can be filled by ...

Teen’s death reveals police code of silence

For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a Black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to ...

Justices extend bar on automatic life terms for teens

More than 1,000 prison inmates, some behind bars more than 50 years for murders they committed as teenagers, will get a chance to seek their freedom under a Supreme Court decision announced on Jan. 25.

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