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  • Year later, AP reporter recalls origins of Ferguson movement story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-03-15 7:34 am

    ST. LOUIS - EDITOR'S NOTE - A year ago, most Americans had never heard of the St. Louis suburb called Ferguson. But after a white police officer fatally shot a black 18-year-old in the street, the name of the middle-class community became virtually a household word. From the first hours after Michael Brown's death, Associated Press reporter Jim Salter watched as a neighborhood protest launched a national movement. What follows is an excerpt of the introduction to "Deadly Force: Fatal Confrontations with Police," an upcoming book published by The Associated Press ( ).

  • Judge, 93, peeved by incomplete housing discrimination case 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 10:56 am

    HAMTRAMCK, Michigan - A Detroit-area community that targeted blacks by demolishing poor neighborhoods is scrambling to come up with money to finally end the case - 44 years after a federal judge found clear evidence of discrimination.

  • NAACP's 'Journey for Justice' protest march begins in Selma 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 11:13 pm

    SELMA, Alabama - Protest marches have been part of Selma's civil rights fabric since 1965, but an 860-mile trek to Washington had a minister leaning on the Bible for heavenly support Saturday.

  • Fundraising for park to tell black experience stalls 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 6:07 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Supporters of a park that would showcase the black experience in North Carolina are overhauling their efforts, including a possible name change and the addition of a monument that would be more uplifting than others about slavery and Jim Crow laws, as they try to determine why donors haven't embraced the project.

  • No FBI cold-case inquiry for missing civil rights pioneer 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 11:16 am

    ST. LOUIS - Descendants of a man who vanished after winning a historic legal fight to become the first black student at the University of Missouri's law school had hoped an FBI cold-case initiative focusing on possible racially motivated deaths from the civil rights era would unearth clues about his disappearance.

  • Black economic summit being held in Orangeburg this weekend 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 4:04 am

    ORANGEBURG, South Carolina - The South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is joining with the business school at Claflin University in Orangeburg to host an African American Economic Summit.

  • Baltimore museum to feature dancer Misty Copeland 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 3:19 am

    BALTIMORE - Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman to achieve the role of principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre, is hosting a book signing in Maryland.

  • Federal report finds bias in St. Louis County family court 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 4:05 pm

    ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on Friday, finding that black youths are treated more harshly than whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights. Though unrelated to the department's investigation in Ferguson, the new report again raises concern about racial discrimination and profiling in the St. Louis region.

  • Not guilty plea in federal court for church shooting suspect story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 2:34 pm

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina - The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he couldn't advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they'll seek the death penalty.

  • The Latest: Fired Ohio officer posts bail, gets out of jail story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 8:11 pm

    CINCINNATI - Here are the latest developments in the case of the July 19 fatal shooting of a motorist after a traffic stop by a University of Cincinnati police officer (all times local):

  • Amid Confederate flag scrutiny, Utah reconsiders canyon name story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 6:59 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - The renewed national scrutiny of the Confederate flag has officials again considering changing the name of Utah's Negro Bill Canyon, a title that's offensive to some but a point of historical pride for the state's largest NAACP chapter.

  • Confederate flags left near Rev. Martin Luther King's church story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-30-15 5:16 pm

    ATLANTA - Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church.

  • Deep end: Redland water polo phenom swims onto world stage 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 12:14 pm

    MIAMI - When Donna Johnson decided to raise her five children in the peaceful, pastoral splendor of the Redland, she chose a five-acre plot dotted with mango, avocado and sapodilla trees.

  • Emporia State couple claims racial harassment at university 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 7:26 pm

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A black couple who have been working for a small university in eastern Kansas says the school is retaliating against them for complaining about a racial incident.

  • Leaders: Work needed to reduce minority disparities in Iowa 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 3:17 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa needs to do more to reduce disparities in the number of minorities in the state's criminal justice system, state and community leaders said Wednesday, expressing hope that an upcoming summit will focus attention on the issue.

  • $2M grants could aid in challenge school discipline policies 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 4:28 am

    JACKSON, Mississippi - A charity that seeks to improve conditions for vulnerable children is giving $2 million to programs designed to help young black men in Mississippi.

  • 5 white men accused of throwing black man onto tracks 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 7:55 pm

    PITTSBURGH - Five white men have been ordered to stand trial in western Pennsylvania in what prosecutors allege was a racially motivated attack on a black man allegedly thrown onto tracks at a Pittsburgh commuter rail station.

  • Neighborhoods: African-American history and more in Harlem 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 10:30 am

    NEW YORK - Decades of African-American history have made Harlem one of America's most famous neighborhoods. It's also an essential destination for visitors to New York, offering art, architecture, restaurants, shopping and more.

  • Arkansas board votes to end Rebel mascot, 'Dixie' song 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 9:52 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A school board in northwestern Arkansas voted Monday to drop a high school's "Johnny Reb" mascot and "Dixie" fight song after the shooting deaths of nine people inside their historic black church in South Carolina reignited a debate nationwide about the use of symbols of the Confederacy.

  • NAACP criticizes NC GOP leaders for monuments bill 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 7:26 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - The president of the state chapter of the NAACP is criticizing Republican leaders in North Carolina following passage of a historical monuments bill which opponents say protects Confederate memorials.

  • Lynch: Easing distrust between minorities, police a top goal 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 5:16 pm

    HOUSTON - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says one of her top priorities remains alleviating an "epidemic of distrust" between communities and law enforcement.

  • Wabash College works to retain minority students 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 3:35 pm

    CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana - A small, male-only liberal arts college in western Indiana is hosting 30 students this summer as part of an effort to improve its retention and graduation rates for minority and first-generation college students.

  • South Albany High becoming Rebels in name only 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 1:08 pm

    ALBANY, Oregon - They removed the Confederate battle flag from South Albany High School 20 years ago. A Confederate soldier does not dance during football games. This year, one of the school's 10 black students led the cheers.

  • Moral Monday leader inspires protests, arrests and action story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-27-15 11:20 am

    GOLDSBORO, North Carolina - The Rev. William Barber walks gingerly with a cane, in a hunched-over posture, yet here he is on a recent Monday, leading 3,500 protesters on a downtown street.

  • Michaela DePrince's journey from war to ballet stardom 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 9:48 am

    MIAMI GARDENS, Florida - The extraordinary arc of Michaela DePrince's life has taken her from African war orphan to international ballerina and cultural heroine. And on a recent weekday morning, in a small dance studio in a Miami Gardens strip mall, she is teaching determination and hope to 10 aspiring young dancers, along with how to hold their arms and point their feet.