Slavery

Ruling party presidential candidate and former Defense Minister Mohamed Ould El Ghazouani casts his ballot in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Saturday June 22, 2019. Mauritanians are choosing between outgoing President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's heir apparent and five opposition candidates who believe the front-runner would represent a continuation of his rule in this West African country battling Islamic extremism. (AP Photo/Elhady Ould Mohamedou)
June 22, 2019 - 9:40 am
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritanians on Saturday went to the polls as the outgoing president's preferred successor faced five opposition candidates in this West African nation threatened by Islamic extremism. It was expected to be the country's first peaceful transfer of power. One candidate...
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In this courtroom artist's sketch, defendant Keith Raniere, center, sits with attorneys Paul DerOhannesian, left, and Marc Agnifilo during closing arguments at Brooklyn federal court, Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in New York. A federal prosecutor said Raniere used his NXIVM organization to "tap into a never-ending flow of women and money." Attorneys for the defendant say he had no criminal intent and that his sexual encounters with followers were consensual. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 3:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The guru of a cult-like self-improvement group that attracted Hollywood actresses and heiresses was convicted Wednesday of manipulating his female devotees through shame and humiliation and turning them into what prosecutors called his sex slaves. A jury in federal court in Brooklyn...
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Actor Danny Glover, right, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, left, testify about reparation for the descendants of slaves during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 19, 2019 - 1:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations for descendants of slaves catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday with an impassioned plea from actor Danny Glover and others for lawmakers to address compensation for America's blighted heritage of racism and Jim Crow laws. Glover,...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by his GOP leadership team, answers questions on Iran and the withdrawal of acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 18, 2019 - 2:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is against reparations for slavery in part because it would be hard to know whom to pay. The Kentucky Republican told reporters at his weekly news conference on Tuesday that "No, I don't think reparations are a good idea." He added...
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Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke tours monuments to slave and civil rights leaders before a town hall meeting with members of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Friday, June 14, 2019 in Beaufort, S.C. In South Carolina on Friday, the Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman met with leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, a culture of slave descendants along the Southeast coast. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
June 15, 2019 - 2:26 am
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke took a path somewhat less traveled on Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina as he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year's Southern presidential...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, Zebiyan Fields, 11, at center, drums alongside more than 20 kids at the front of the Juneteenth parade in Flint, Mich. Juneteenth celebration started with the freed slaves of Galveston, Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the South in 1863, it could not be enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War in 1865. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)
June 14, 2019 - 8:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade. Jackson Lee, the resolution's new sponsor, pushed for the hearings, scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
June 13, 2019 - 6:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil...
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June 12, 2019 - 10:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill next week with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel. The House hasn't held a hearing on reparations since 2007. The longtime Michigan Democratic congressman John Conyers...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2018 courtroom sketch, Keith Raniere, center, leader of the secretive group NXIVM, attends a hearing at court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A New York City jury is set to hear opening statements and testimony at the sex-trafficking case against a self-help guru. The trial beginning Tuesday, May 7, 2019, is expected to feature testimony from women who claim that they were forced to have sex with Raniere. (Elizabeth Williams via AP, File)
May 07, 2019 - 9:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman testified on Tuesday that shortly after being recruited for a secret "master-slave" society within an upstate New York self-help group she got a disturbing message from her handler: It was her turn to "seduce" the group's leader, Keith Raniere. The witness at Raniere's trial...
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FILE- In this April 8, 2019 file photo, actress Allison Mack leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York after pleading guilty to racketeering charges in a case involving a cult-like group based in upstate New York called NXIVM. Some speculate that Mack may take the witness stand to testify against Keith Raniere, the group's one-time leader who is facing federal charges of forming a secret society within his organization that forced women to have sex with him. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 05, 2019 - 8:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It was called "collateral" — nude photos and other embarrassing material that female members of an upstate New York self-improvement group turned over to their "masters" to ensure obedience, silence and sexual fealty to the organization's spiritual leader, Keith Raniere. Now some...
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