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Organizations urge NFL to address police shootings

Washington, D.C. – A broad coalition of national racial and social justice organizations, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on Friday sent a letter to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting a meeting to address ...

PUSHing Through: Rainbow PUSH founder reveals he has Parkinson’s disease

Jesse Jackson Sr., long-time civil rights warrior and founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, announced Friday that he had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Black Female officer makes Navy history

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Valencia Simmons-Fowler became the first African American woman to achieve the highest chief warrant officer rank in the information warfare community on Nov. 3.

Black federal judge celebrates 50 years on bench

Judge Damon J. Keith thinks back on his 50 years on the federal bench and remembers many tumultuous and significant times, including being sued by President Richard Nixon after ruling that wiretapping couldn’t be done without a court order.

NASCAR’s first Black female crew member

Color barriers and gender barriers; the sports world is full of their shattered remains, from Jackie Robinson breaking down the barricade in front of Major League Baseball in 1947 to Althea Gibson opening the door to international tennis for Black ...

Jury convicts ex-police officer in fourth trial

A White former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter’s Black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn’t decide whether to find him guilty of murder.

‘You are my slave,’ White student tells Black student

A new battle line has formed in the national debate over Civil War flags and symbols – this time at a Georgia school not far from a mountaintop where Confederate soldiers fired their cannons at Union troops more than a ...

Diverse United States divided on symbols of patriotism

When Afghanistan War veteran Joseph Smith saw NFL players take a knee or raise a fist during the playing of the national anthem last month, he wasn’t offended – he was proud. Where some saw it as disrespectful, he saw ...

Republican leaders: Senate won’t vote on repeal

Facing assured defeat, Republican leaders decided Tuesday not to even hold a vote on the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal the President Barack Obama’s health care law, surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party’s banner campaign promise.

Men used as slaves, abused seek compensation

Peonage researcher and detective Antoinette Harrell has spent the past five years researching peonage that took place at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in Marianna, searching for a lead that could confirm that peonage practices took place in ...

Tubman on the Twenty?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is raising speculation that Harriet Tubman’s future on the $20 bill could be in jeopardy.

Locked up for life: Part 4 of a national investigation

A U.S. Supreme Court decision triggering new sentences for inmates serving mandatory life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles has had a far greater effect: The ruling is prompting lawyers to apply its fundamental logic – that it’s cruel ...

Locked up for life: Part 3 of a national investigation

It’s just a few blocks from the house Earl Rice Jr. left behind as a teenager to the places he remembers. But after more than four decades in prison, he has ground to cover.

Locked up for life: Part 2 of a national investigation

The impact of last year’s Supreme Court ruling goes far beyond the 2,000-plus offenders who faced mandatory no-parole sentences as teens.

White nationalist rally leaves three dead, dozens injured

A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a White supremacist rally. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and this usually quiet college ...

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