African-Americans

October 22, 2017 - 3:46 pm
The University of Virginia has named Carla Williams as its athletic director. School president Teresa Sullivan made the announcement Sunday. Williams, an athletics administrator at Georgia for the past 13 years and the deputy director of athletics since 2015, will become the first female African-...
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In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 photo, a monument to honor African-Americans who were buried in unmarked graves in the previously segregated Alta Vista Cemetery is wrapped by cemetery superintendent Tommy Casper after being displayed for a photo in Gainesville, Ga. The previously unmarked graves of more than 1,100 black souls buried in the cemetery will be honored with a memorial to be dedicated Sunday. Recently, the city discovered the extent of the unmarked graves using ground-penetrating radar. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
October 22, 2017 - 12:26 pm
Discriminated against in life, they were forgotten by their community in death, buried in unmarked graves in the back of the Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, Georgia. The final resting places of the 1,146 black souls who once lived and worked there were anonymous. Though loved ones may have...
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October 22, 2017 - 10:38 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has scheduled a retrial early next year in a civil rights lawsuit filed by a black man paralyzed when he was shot during a traffic stop by a Pittsburgh police officer. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Maureen Kelly met Friday with lawyers and...
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October 21, 2017 - 6:07 pm
SHORT PUMP, Va. (AP) — A middle school football team in Virginia has forfeited the remainder of its season after players made a racially insensitive video. The video posted on Snapchat shows football players simulating sex acts on their black peers, WWBT-TV reported. The images are overlaid with...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, Derrick Johnson speaks at a National Press Club (NPC) in Washington. The NAACP has decided to hire its interim leader, Derrick Johnson, as its 19th president and CEO. The board of directors of the nation's oldest civil rights organization made the decision on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
October 21, 2017 - 5:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP turned to an insider Saturday to help bring the nation's oldest civil rights organization back to prominence. Derrick Johnson, 49, of Jackson, Mississippi, was hired as the NAACP's 19th president and CEO after having served as interim leader since July and previously as...
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October 19, 2017 - 3:40 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A white former Oklahoma reserve deputy who fatally shot an unarmed black man in 2015 when he mistook his firearm for a stun gun was released from prison Thursday after serving less than half of his four-year sentence. Family members of the slain man, Eric Harris, said they hope...
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October 19, 2017 - 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday narrowly backed the nomination of a North Carolina attorney to fill the nation's longest judicial vacancy over the objections of Democrats, black lawmakers and some civil rights groups. The Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 to recommend the nomination of...
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In this Dec. 28, 2015 photo released by Aflac U.S., President of Georgia-based insurance giant Aflac U.S. Teresa White poses for a photo in Georgia. White, the first black president of Georgia-based insurance giant Aflac U.S., is on a quest to help young African-American girls succeed. (Lonnie Major/Aflac U.S., via AP)
October 19, 2017 - 3:51 am
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Teresa White, the first black president of Georgia-based insurance giant Aflac U.S., is on a quest to help young African-American girls succeed. White landed her prestigious post as Aflac president in 2015, the first woman and African-American to hold the title in the company's...
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This image provided by Emory University shows letters sent by future President Barack Obama to his college girlfriend Alexandra McNear and held by Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library in Atlanta. The university is making the letters available to researchers on Oct. 19, 2017. (Ann Borden/Emory University via AP)
October 19, 2017 - 12:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A young Barack Obama questioned his place in the world and his racial identity, agonized over whether he'd make enough money as a community organizer, and lamented his incompatibility with his ex-girlfriend in 30 pages of letters he wrote to her that are now being archived by...
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Kennesaw State University cheerleaders, from left to right, Shlondra Young, Tommia Dean and Kennedy Town stand outside the student center on the school's campus in Kennesaw, Ga., Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The three are part of a group of cheerleaders from the Georgia college that say they'll take a knee in the stadium tunnel when the national anthem is played at Saturday's homecoming game since their university moved them off the field after an earlier demonstration. (AP Photo/Jeff Martin)
October 18, 2017 - 6:20 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A powerful lawmaker texted a Georgia sheriff and recounted with pride how the two pressured a university president to take action after black cheerleaders knelt during the national anthem at a football game. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained the text messages under Georgia's...
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