African-Americans

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The latest Nation’s Report Card shows eighth-graders’ scores in U.S. history and geography declining since 2014. DeVos on Thursday, April 23, 2020 called the results “stark and inexcusable.” (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
April 23, 2020 - 9:25 am
The latest Nation’s Report Card shows eighth-graders' scores in U.S. history and geography declining since 2014, results Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday called “stark and inexcusable.” Civics scores on the 2018 assessments were the same as in the last round of tests four years earlier,...
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April 22, 2020 - 8:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Cheryl A. Wall, a longtime Rutgers University professor and prominent scholar of African American women writers who edited two Library of America volumes of Zora Neale Hurston's work, has died at age 71. Wall, who worked at the New Brunswick, New Jersey-campus and had been scheduled...
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FILE - This July 14, 2019 file photo shows Beyonce at the "Lion King" premiere in London. Beyonce, along with Timothy McKenzie and Ilya Salmanzadeh, failed to get an Oscar nomination for best original song for "Spirit," from the film "The Lion King." (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
April 19, 2020 - 7:45 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes and others sang classic songs brimmed with messages of hope and change during a TV special aimed at fighting the coronavirus, while Beyoncé and Alicia Keys spoke passionately about how the virus has disproportionately affected black...
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FILE - In this April 1, 2019, file photo President Donald Trump, left, listens as former prisoner Alice Marie Johnson, right, speaks at the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The 64-year-old African American great-grandmother spent 21 years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense before Trump commuted her sentence in 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
April 18, 2020 - 7:58 am
For the majority of people of color who believe Donald Trump is a racist unworthy of reelection, the Republican president can point to Alice Marie Johnson. The 64-year-old African American great-grandmother spent 21 years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense before Trump commuted her sentence in...
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In this April 7, 2020, photo, a subway rider wears a mask and a bandana to protect himself against COVID-19 in New York. As the coronavirus tightened its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population, black Americans. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
April 17, 2020 - 2:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic lawmakers want police departments to be vigilant about any racially biased policing during the coronavirus pandemic, as people in communities of color express fears of being profiled while wearing masks or other face coverings in public. In a letter sent Friday to...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2020, file photo, Sunnyside Elementary School fourth-grader Miriam Amacker does school work in her room at her family's home in San Francisco. Teachers across the country report their attempts at distance learning induced by the pandemic are failing to reach large numbers of students. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
April 17, 2020 - 8:40 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — During the first week that her San Diego public school was shuttered to slow the spread of the coronavirus, not one of Elise Samaniego's students logged on to her virtual classroom. Three weeks in, the teacher still hadn’t connected online with roughly two-thirds of the students in...
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In this July 20, 2012 file photo, Carmen Williamson, the first black boxing referee and judge at an Olympic games, poses with his honorary gold medal in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. Family members say Williamson died from COVID-19 complications on April 8, 2020 at a hospital in Toledo. (Zack Conkle/The Blade via AP)
April 16, 2020 - 1:32 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Carmen Williamson, who in the 1940s and ’50s was a top U.S. amateur boxer and then in 1984 became the first black boxing referee and judge at the Olympic games, has died. He was 94. Williamson died of COVID-19 complications on April 8 at a hospital in Toledo, one of his...
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FILE - In this 1952 file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson poses. Forced from the field by the new coronavirus, Major League Baseball is moving its annual celebration of Jackie Robinson online. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is launching a virtual learning hub to coincide with the 73rd anniversary Wednesday, April 15, 2020, of Robinson breaking the major league color barrier. (AP Photo/File)
April 15, 2020 - 6:26 pm
Houston manager Dusty Baker celebrated Jackie Robinson’s legacy on the 73rd anniversary of the fall of the major league color barrier and lamented the lack of African Americans in today’s game. “It’s frustrating because we’ve talked about it forever ... but it seems like the numbers are dwindling...
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This 2019 photo provided by Augusta Films, shows Richard Sobol in a still from the documentary "A Crime on the Bayou." Sobol, a lawyer who defended black civil rights activists at the height of the movement in Louisiana, often weathering threats to his own life, died March 24, 2020, at his home in Sebastopol, Calif., of aspiration pneumonia. He was 82. (Augusta Films. A Crime on the Bayou via AP)
April 15, 2020 - 1:46 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A white lawyer who defended black civil rights activists at the height of the movement in Louisiana, often weathering threats to his own life, has died. Richard Barry Sobol died March 24 at his home in Sebastopol, California, of aspiration pneumonia, stemming from radiation...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Kyle Larson sits in his car before the final practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Kyle Larson was fired Tuesday, April 14, 2020, by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race. Larson, in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and considered the top free agent in NASCAR mere weeks ago, is now stunningly out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder by the star. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)
April 14, 2020 - 2:52 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As sponsor after sponsor dropped Kyle Larson after he used a racial slur during a live-streamed virtual race, his NASCAR team owner was backed into a corner. Chip Ganassi could let McDonald's and Credit One Bank and Chevrolet pull their funding and bankrupt his team or he...
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