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Stories with subject: African-Americans
  • New program uses art to teach science 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 1:10 am
  • MELBOURNE, Florida - It's a challenge tackled by engineers in the space program: Design a garment that can withstand a certain level of heat.

  • Memoir shows changes in Mississippi race relations 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:04 am
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - David Jordan was born on a Mississippi Delta plantation during the Great Depression, when segregation and poverty created a bleak outlook for a son of black sharecroppers.

  • Discrimination task force issues recommendations 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:50 am
  • SAN JOSE, California - A committee formed at San Jose State University after a black student said his white roommates racially harassed and tortured him has issued a set of recommendations to the school on how it can improve safety and diversity on campus.

  • Ohio teacher fired over comment on black president 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:26 am
  • CINCINNATI - An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn't need another black commander in chief.

  • Southern celebrates 100 years in Baton Rouge 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:28 am
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The people who make up the Southern University community will never forget the institution's history. It's a point of pride, from the recruiters who visit high schools, to the students counting down the days until graduation and to the alumni who stay in touch decades after they last took a class.

  • Fraternity shuts Ole Miss branch after noose tying 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:38 pm
  • JACKSON, Mississippi - A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.

  • Group marking 150th anniversary of Arkansas battle 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:48 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A southern Arkansas group is marking the 150th anniversary of a local Civil War battle with a re-enactment of the Confederate victory, educational programs and what some historians see as a shifting approach to remembering the war that divided a nation.

  • New York political leader Basil Paterson dies 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:46 pm
  • NEW YORK - Basil Paterson, a longtime New York political powerhouse and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 87.

  • Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:55 am
  • Wisconsin State Journal, April 16

  • New Kansas African American Museum on hold 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:28 am
  • WICHITA, Kansas - Supporters of an effort to build a new Kansas African American Museum in downtown Wichita are vowing to keep working, even after the proposal was postponed and land designated as the museum's location was returned to the city.

  • Racial slur found in theater owned by W.Va. State 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:23 am
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A racial slur spray-painted inside the West Virginia State University Capital Center Theater is being investigated by federal authorities.

  • Va. honors 2 schools for black students 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:19 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - Two former Rosenwald schools in Virginia are being recognized for their education of young black students.

  • Ala. man sentenced in murder-for-hire plot 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 7:35 pm
  • BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A federal judge has sentenced a Talladega County man to six years in prison for trying to hire Ku Klux Klan members to kill his African-American neighbor.

  • Bone up on aviation history with Smithsonian book 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 8:41 am
  • "The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia" (Smithsonian Books), edited by Amy Pastan

  • Residents near Superfund site upset over hirings 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 1:28 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - Residents who live near a St. Louis Superfund site are upset about what they see as a lack of effort to bring in minority-owned firms to help with the cleanup.

  • EXCHANGE: Prison inmates' art inspires instructor 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 10:35 am
  • URBANA, Illinois - Jacqueline Archey finds the artwork done by Champaign County jail inmates inspiring.

  • Southern president aims for higher standards 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 12:09 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Southern University President Ronald Mason says the 134-year-old historically black university needs higher entrance standards.

  • Families of the slain use T-shirts to mourn loss 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 1:56 am
  • MIAMI - They come to put their dead relatives and friends on a T-shirt.

  • National NAACP suspends head of Philly chapter 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:25 pm
  • PHILADELPHIA - The national office of the NAACP has suspended the longtime head of its Philadelphia chapter, J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, and three board members involved in a months-long public feud involving allegations of financial mismanagement.

  • SC judge who wrote separate not equal honored 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 1:31 pm
  • CHARLESTON, South Carolina - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the first federal judge to write an opinion challenging separate but equal decades after the policy was declared the law by the U.S. Supreme Court was morally right and historically gutsy.

  • Warship's namesake, Zumwalt, fought racism, sexism 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:25 am
  • BATH, Maine - Bud Zumwalt took what he learned during the tumultuous 1960s with him when he became the nation's youngest chief of naval operations, earning a reputation as a reformer who fought racism and sexism and worked to improve the lives of sailors.

  • Long Island town accused of housing bias in suit 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 8:23 pm
  • MINEOLA, New York - Two housing programs administered by a suburban New York town discriminate against blacks because the town gives preference to its predominantly white population, the Justice Department said in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

  • Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 7:41 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had "lived out the promise" envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.

  • US to Manchester district: Improve minority access 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:59 pm
  • MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's largest school district must to do more to enroll minorities in college and career prep courses and should consider revising how it assigns students to strict academic levels, the U.S. Department of Education said Thursday.

  • Black lawmakers appeal to DoD over hairstyle ban 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 4:30 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military.