California families help convene gathering for justice in Detroit

DETROIT— He’s been praying, organizing, protesting, and fighting for justice for almost a decade now; but each time Cephus “Uncle Bobby” X Johnson embraces a new family affected by police violence, he weeps as if his nephew, Oscar Grant III, was killed by Johannes Mehserle just yesterday. The tears of many mothers and fathers flowed—not […]

Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (AP) —The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last year, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement in his death, according to an announcement Monday by her attorneys and the Minneapolis suburb that employed the officer. The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile will avoid […]

Cosby’s only criminal sex-assault case ends in hung jury, mistrial

(AP) – The sexual-assault trial of Bill Cosby ended in a mistrial Saturday, an ambiguous outcome that did little to repair the iconic entertainer’s shattered reputation and left prosecutors vowing a retrial as soon as this year. After five days and 52 hours of deliberations in the Norristown courthouse, the jury said it was hopelessly […]

50 years after Loving, 1 in 6 new couples are racially mixed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifty years after Mildred and Richard Loving’s landmark legal challenge shattered the laws against interracial marriage in the U.S., some couples of different races still talk of facing discrimination, disapproval and sometimes outright hostility from their fellow Americans. Although the racist laws against mixed marriages are gone, several interracial couples said in […]

Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs supporting low-income individuals to balance the government’s books over the next decade. The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting […]

Equality Index for Blacks Inches Closer to Whites in the 2017 Report

(NNPA) – In their annual State of Black America report, called “Protect Our Progress,” the National Urban League (NUL) suggested that the nation should invest in a “Main Street Marshall Plan” that would solidify gains made by Black Americans during the Obama Administration. The plan includes many policy ideas the NUL has proposed in previous […]

Voucher proposals expose rift in school choice movement

(AP) – For two decades, a loose-knit group that includes some of the country’s wealthiest people has underwritten the political push for school choice, promoting ballot initiatives and candidates who favor competition for traditional public schools. But when a member of this elite group was elevated to education secretary, the appointment opened a philosophical schism […]

Trump: His support for Black colleges remains ‘unwavering’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Sunday that his support for historically Black colleges and universities remains “unwavering.” Trump sought to clarify an earlier statement that some higher education officials interpreted to mean that he planned to end a capital financing program that helps these institutions repair, renovate and build new facilities. Congressional Black […]

New Orleans begins removing racist confederate monuments

(NNPA) – Against a backdrop of death threats and under the cover of night, officials in New Orleans have begun to dismantle Confederate monuments honoring racists of the Civil War and Jim Crow eras of United States history. Workers removing the first of four monuments wore bulletproof vests, helmets and hid their faces. By 5:45 […]

US House of Representatives votes to repeal ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivering at last, triumphant House Republicans voted Thursday to repeal and replace the “Obamacare” health plan they have reviled for so long, overcoming united Democratic opposition and their own deep divisions to hand a major win to President Donald Trump. The 217-213 vote was a narrow victory, and ultimate success is far […]