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    Cop Kills Black Student, Then Named “Officer of the Year”

    The family of a murdered Black Pace University student is infuriated after the police officer responsible for his death was recently named “officer of the year” by his union. According to The New York...

    Duke Lacrosse Accuser May Face More Serious Charges in Boyfriend’s Death

    The North Carolina woman who falsely accused three Duke University Lacrosse players of rape nearly five years ago may face more serious charges after her boyfriend, whom she stabbed, died of his injuries. According to...

    Jacksonville, Fla. Black Firefighters Sue City, and Union

    Black firefighters in Jacksonville, Fla. filed a class-action suit April 13 against the city and the firefighters’ union alleging that the promotion process discriminates against minorities. “This was done because it needed to be done,”...

    State Pro-Life Laws Push Back Abortion Rights

    A nationwide push is gathering momentum in the U.S. against a woman’s right to choose, with several states passing laws attacking abortion. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, signed two anti-abortion bills April 19. One...

    Confrontation, Facebook Message Preceded Hudson River Tragedy

    Hours before a New York woman drove her vehicle off a boat dock into the Hudson River on April 12, drowning herself and three of her four children, she posted a Facebook message apologizing...

    Pastor Plans Prayer Vigil at Gas Pump

    A Georgia pastor plans to gather members of his congregation at local gas pumps to pray for lower prices, according to The Associated Press. Pastor Marshall Mabry of the Beacon of Light Christian Center in...

    Marian Wright Edelman Receives National Leader for Justice Award

    Marian Wright Edelman, an African-American social activist and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), received a national award for her advocacy for children and social change on April 5 as part of the...

    Norfolk Principal Apologizes for Mock Slave Auction

    NORFOLK (AP) — A Norfolk school principal has apologized for a classroom activity last week in which a teacher staged a mock auction of Black and mixed-race students as part of a Civil War...

    NAACP Urges States to Reduce Incarceration Spending, Focus on Education

    The NAACP has called on state officials across the U.S. to shift prison spending to education. The organization said an upcoming report links incarceration rates with the nation’s poorly performing schools. In a report...

    Government to Use Social Media to Deliver Terror Alerts

    The nation’s new terror alert system will use social media sites among other methods to help dispatch clear, targeted warnings to the public, according to a leaked Department of Homeland Security document. The Associated Press...

    Hispanics, Other Minorities Making Whites a Minority

    Hispanics, Asians and other minority groups have the highest population growth among children, according to the 2010 census. Demographics expert William Frey, a senior fellow for the Brookings Institution, said the growth will alter the...

    Digital Divide Narrows as More Blacks, Latinos Use Internet

    The digital divide has narrowed as more Blacks and Latinos nationwide use the Internet, according to The New York Times and a recent Pew survey. The survey, conducted in February, found that 61 percent...

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