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Henry Louis Gates Jr. during PBS’ "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr." session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBS)

Charting 5 centuries of African American history

NEW YORK (AP) — Slavery in the United States was once a roaring success whose wounds still afflict the country today. So says Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who examines both its success and shame in […]

10/21/2013

University of South Carolina archivist Elizabeth Cassidy West shows the diploma earned by Richard Theodore Greener on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Black scholar’s post-Civil War diploma discovered

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two rare documents from a fleeting time after the Civil War when the University of South Carolina first admitted African-American students and faculty have gone on display. A law school diploma […]

10/15/2013

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SAT scores remain mostly stagnant

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scores on the SAT college entrance exam were largely stagnant for a third year, although African-American students made slight gains, the College Board said Thursday. Average scores in reading, math, and writing […]

09/25/2013

This 2013 image released by the Parker Family shows Tiana Parker in Tulsa, Okla. Tiana was at the center of a debate over her hairstyle.  (AP Photo/The Parker Family, Marq Lewis)

Schools criticized for bans on dreadlocks, Afros

“Why are you so sad?” a TV reporter asked the little girl with a bright pink bow in her hair. “Because they didn’t like my dreads,” she sobbed, wiping her tears. “I think that they […]

09/25/2013

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Obama to keynote Black Caucus Foundation dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is set to deliver the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner Saturday night in Washington. The dinner is paying tribute to the “Spirit of […]

09/21/2013

An emblem on the Szechuan Hunan restaurant in Philadelphia Monday Aug. 19, 2013, indicates its participation in new low sodium initiative in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia tries less salt in Chinese takeout

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amar Jones knows that high-salt Chinese takeout isn’t good for his high blood pressure. But the lure of shrimp with broccoli is hard to resist. So he was heartened recently to hear […]

08/23/2013

President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 19, 2013, about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama’s remarks on race resonate with many

MIAMI (AP) — When President Barack Obama told the nation on Friday that slain black teenager Trayvon Martin could have been him 35 years ago, many black Americans across the nation nodded their head in […]

07/19/2013

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DOJ finds 2 LA sheriff’s station discriminating

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division has found that two Los Angeles County sheriff’s stations in the Antelope Valley have engaged in a pattern or practice unconstitutional stops, searches, seizures […]

06/28/2013

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Winfrey giving $12M to new African-American museum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is giving $12 million to a museum being built on Washington’s National Mall that will document African-American history, officials said Tuesday. The media mogul and former talk-show host previously gave […]

06/11/2013

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ACLU study: Pot arrests more likely for blacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black people are arrested for possessing marijuana at a higher rate than white people, even though marijuana use by both races is about the same, the American Civil Liberties Union reports in […]

06/04/2013

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