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Louisiana governor: Flood damage at least $8.7 billion

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure.

Black teen paid for secrecy in police brutality settlement

A Black teenager who was shown on video getting thrown down by a White police officer in Iowa received thousands of dollars to keep quiet about a settlement including a secrecy provision that may violate state law.

Lawyer at center of race, gun debate of two cases

In his law office, Andy Savage keeps a sealed plastic bag with the blood-splattered clothes that Felicia Sanders wore sheltering her granddaughter from a fusillade of bullets that killed nine Black parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.

Unclear how end of private prison use will impact Texas

It was not clear on Friday how the Obama administration’s decision to phase out its use of some private prisons will affect five such facilities currently operating in Texas as well as the communities where they are located.

Remembering the Dean of Black Press columnists, George E. Curry

"He was a pacesetter with the pen. He saw things that other people didn’t see. And once he saw those things, he embraced them and exposed them in terms of putting information into the hands of people who would normally ...

Gone, but never forgotten: Civil Rights Journalist George E. Curry

“He was a pacesetter with the pen. He saw things that other people didn’t see,” said Steele. “And once he saw those things, he embraced them and exposed them in terms of putting information into the hands of people who ...

Authorities admit Compton deputy killed innocent Black man

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department acknowledged Aug. 9 that a deputy shot and killed an unarmed Black man who they said was mistakenly identified as a suspect in a carjacking and confirmed he was not involved, again bringing into question ...

Chicago PD accused of using street justice

Chicago Police Department body camera videos released recently have revealed several important details surrounding the fatal shooting of Paul O’Neal, an unarmed 18-year-old African American male.

Black Lives Matter seeks diverse support

The latest deaths of Black people at the hands of police led Jaime Sunwoo to undertake something she had always struggled with: a conversation with her parents about race.

Black therapist: Police shot me with my hands up

A Black therapist who was trying to calm an autistic man in the middle of the street said he was shot by police even though he had his hands in the air and repeatedly told them that no one was ...

SCLC program to end crimes against Blacks

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the venerated civil rights organization co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is launching a two-prong Neighborhood Patrol Initiative aimed at ending “Black-on-Black and Blue-on-Black crime,” President Charles Steele Jr. announced at the group’s annual ...

Half of arrestees where Castile died are Black

Police in the suburban St. Paul area where Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop have disproportionately arrested African Americans, according to an analysis of data provided by the department that shows nearly half of the people ...

Community cookout offers opens dialogue

Wichita police hosted a free community cookout to open a dialogue amid racial tensions across the country.

Two Black men killed by police within 24 hours

“Stay with me,” she pleaded to Philando Castile who had just been shot by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop.

SCLC names international headquarters after president Charles Steele

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Atlanta-based civil rights organization co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has named its international headquarters at 320 Auburn Ave., N.E. in honor of Charles Steele Jr., its current president and CEO.

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