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Unbelievable: Florida Stand Your Ground defense rejected for mother only firing ‘warning shot’

No one was hurt or killed when 31-year-old Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot into the air on Aug. 1, 2010.

Rally for Trayvon: Atlanta responds to not guilty verdict in Zimmerman case

Chanting “Justice for Trayvon” and “No justice, no peace,” a crowd that reached into the thousands marched from Atlanta’s West End to the state capitol on Sunday evening. Following a verdict of not guilty for neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman ...

National protests of Zimmerman verdict

Demonstrations are planned for 100 cities this Saturday to protest George Zimmerman’s acquittal for murder and manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and to urge the Justice Department to investigate whether Martin’s ...

Mary Alice Thatch: From ‘janitor’ to Publisher of the Year

If the Wilmington Journal ever holds a contest to determine who began work there at the youngest age, Mary Alice Jervay Thatch would win hands down.

‘The World is Watching’ Zimmerman trial

One of the attorneys for the parents of Trayvon Martin predicts that George Zimmerman will be found guilty of murdering the unarmed, 17-year-old youth.

Activists urge end to War on Drugs

Black activists marked the 42nd anniversary of the War on Drugs with a protest in front of the White House aimed at ending a targeted action that has led to the disproportionate arresting, conviction and incarceration of Blacks for decades.

Kimberly McCarthy: Black woman becomes 500th person executed by Texas

Anti-death penalty activists from Houston and Dallas piled onto buses last Wednesday in route to Huntsville to protest the execution of Kimberly McCarthy. McCarthy became the 500th death row inmate executed in Texas since the state reintroduced the death penalty ...

Trayvon Martin trial: Prayer instead of protests

Driving up to the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, no one would know a case that garnered international attention was going on.

‘Forgotten goals’ of the March on Washington

The hoopla surrounding the observance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom often ignores the lack of progress made since 1963 on tough issues such as persistent unemployment and wage disparities, according to a ...

EEOC sues Dollar General, BMW

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency that enforces federal employment discrimination laws, filed lawsuits against BMW and the discount retailer Dollar General alleging that the companies’ broad use of criminal background checks discriminate against Black applicants and employees.

Head of Black mayors group urges accountability

Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, the newly elected president of the National Conference of Black Mayors, told his colleagues that if they don’t improve the lives of their constituents, they don’t deserve to remain in office.

Tornado-stricken Oklahoma community rebounds

Whenever high winds arise in Tornado Alley, this corridor of the state with a history of disasters, residents pay attention. On Sunday evening beneath overcast skies there were slight gusts of wind but it would have taken another EF5 tornado, ...

‘Food stamps’ cuts will hurt poor Black families

Both the House and Senate have passed bills that would reduce funding of the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, but the extent of the cuts will not become known until negotiators from both chambers agree to a ...

More Black lawyers needed in Supreme Court

In nearly 4,500 minutes of arguments heard by the justices of the United States Supreme Court since October, one Black lawyer stood before them for less than 12 minutes. As the nation’s highest court becomes more diverse – with one ...

Black unemployment decreased in April

The unemployment rate for Black men and women dipped slightly in April, with females showing greater progress, according to last month’s Labor Department report.