Officer’s mistrial in Gray’s death a letdown for both sides

BALTIMORE (AP) — As jurors deliberated the fate of one of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore braced for a possible repeat of the protests, destruction and dismay that engulfed the city in April, when Gray died of a broken neck in the back of a police van. But instead […]

President Obama Celebrates 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Ask Americans what the Emancipation Proclamation is and most who know of President Abraham Lincoln’s executive order will respond like 20-year-old Ebony Harris, a student of Howard University from Chicago, Ill., and say, “Isn’t that the thing that freed the slaves?” But, the Emancipation Proclamation did not actually free the slaves. It […]

Senate Democratic leader Reid: Scalia used ‘racist’ rhetoric

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Thursday blasted Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for uttering what he called “racist ideas” from the bench of the nation’s highest court. Scalia on Wednesday suggested it’s possible that some Black students would benefit from being at a “slower-track school” instead of the University of Texas’ […]

Supreme Court torn over Texas affirmative action program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears torn over the use of race in college admissions and may not be ready to make a decision without more information. During arguments Wednesday, several justices asked about the value of ordering more hearings in a case from Texas that was before them for the second time. Additional […]

Justice Department to launch civil rights probe of Chicago police

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is expected to launch a wide-ranging investigation this week into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department after recent protests over a video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person was […]

Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of Black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language. While some left the gathering at Trump’s skyscraper in midtown […]

High stakes for Baltimore as Freddie Gray trials begin

BALTIMORE (AP) — In Baltimore, this year can be divided into two parts: what came before Freddie Gray died and what happened afterward. Gray, 25, suffered a mysterious injury in the back of a police transport van and died April 19, inspiring thousands to take to the streets to protest what they believed was the […]

Investing in the Education of Students of Color Benefits All Americans

(NNPA) – As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA, it is vitally important that the updated law address the significant achievement gaps that plague the nation’s most underserved populations: students of color and low-income students. Providing these students with a high-quality education that prepares them for college and a career […]

Group raised suspicions before 5 were shot at police protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters demanding justice for a Black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn’t seem right. Lingering in the crowd were four people who seemed out of place. They were asked to leave. Moments later, shots rang out about a block […]

Experts: Black studies programs facing campus challenges

DETROIT (AP) — Protests by University of Missouri Black students that forced the school’s administration to address racism and other problems mirror efforts decades ago that led many majority white schools to create African-American studies and other programs. But those programs and some ethnic studies departments across the country are struggling with funding, low-staffing and […]