Social diversity

FILE - In this May 22, 2010, file photo, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan practices waving the green flag before a NASCAR All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Denny Hamlin is starting his own race car team in partnership Jordan and Bubba Wallace as the driver. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
September 22, 2020 - 3:13 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level. The partnership was announced Monday night in...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, using both the English and Spanish language, a sign points potential voters to an official polling location during early voting in Dallas. Getting enough people to staff polling places amid the coronavirus pandemic is a challenge in many states. The virus’ disproportionate impact on Latinos has made the task of recruiting Spanish-speakers even more difficult. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
September 19, 2020 - 8:52 am
PHOENIX (AP) — The national Mi Familia Vota organization has long been involved in voting rights issues and other matters of civic engagement, but this year it's added a new initiative: Recruiting bilingual poll workers. The Phoenix-based group is joining advocacy organizations, nonprofits and even...
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European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova and European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli participate in a media conference on the EU anti-racism Action Plan at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)
September 18, 2020 - 7:32 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission presented a series of measures Friday aimed at tackling structural racism and discrimination, acknowledging a blatant lack of diversity among the European Union's institutions. The bloc's executive arm set out its action plan for the next five years, which...
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Kave Bulambo, founder of Black in Tech Berlin speaks with other members of the tech group via video call in the conference room of the public co-working space where she often works in Berlin, Germany, Aug. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Jona Kallgren)
September 10, 2020 - 2:10 am
BERLIN (AP) — The beginning of 2019 is when Kave Bulambo really started to wonder: Where are all the Black software engineers in Berlin? Bulambo, who grew up in South Africa and moved to Germany's capital in 2013, hires people to work at Berlin technology companies and start-ups. In time, she...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2019, file photo, an Oscar statue appears at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. In an historic move, the Oscars are raising the inclusion bar for best picture nominees starting in 2024. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, laid out sweeping eligibility reforms to the best picture category intended to encourage diversity and equitable representation on and off screen beginning with the 96th Academy Awards. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)
September 08, 2020 - 7:30 pm
In an historic move, the Oscars are raising the inclusion bar for best picture nominees starting with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday laid out sweeping eligibility reforms to the best picture category intended to encourage diversity and...
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An End Racism sign is displayed before Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series between the Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 03, 2020 - 2:49 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The NHL on Thursday unveiled a series of anti-racism initiatives more than eight months after Akim Aliu brought the topic to the forefront in the predominantly white sport. The league and NHL Players' Association are planning mandatory inclusion and diversity training for...
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New York Mets' Dominic Smith celebrates after hitting a go-ahead solo home run off New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green in the sixth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
August 28, 2020 - 10:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dominic Smith hit the go-ahead home run in his first game since tearfully pleading for help combating racial inequality, Pete Alonso also connected and the New York Mets beat the crosstown Yankees 6-4 in the opener of a doubleheader Friday. Amed Rosario hit a walkoff, two-run homer...
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FILE - This is an April 18, 1948, portrait of Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson. It's Jackie Robinson Day across the big leagues on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, as baseball honors the man who broke the sport's color barrier in 1947. (AP Photo/File)
August 28, 2020 - 9:53 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Andrew McCutchen has relished these past few days in the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse, having difficult, important conversations with baseball teammates about racial injustice. As a Black man in a sport that's filled with mostly white and Hispanic players, he doesn't feel it's a...
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August 28, 2020 - 1:48 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A diversity report released Friday on Major League Baseball showed a modest increase in its overall diversity hiring practices, spurred by its improved gender diversity. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics and Sport at Central Florida gave MLB an overall score of 80.7, which was a...
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FILE - Bubba Wallace, center, stands on pit road during the playing of "America the Beautiful" prior to a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, July 19, 2020. NASCAR drivers don't plan to boycott Saturday night's, Aug. 29 race at Daytona International Speedway to raise awareness of social and racial injustices. Bubba Wallace, the only fulltime Black driver in the elite Cup Series, said that decision should not be interpreted as "turning away from the dark and evil acts that have taken over our nation.” (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)
August 28, 2020 - 1:41 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Major sports across North America ground to a halt in the wake of another police shooting of a Black man, this time in Wisconsin. Auto racing was not among them. NASCAR drivers do not plan to skip Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway to raise awareness of...
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