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    Black Religious Leaders Criticize Sessions’ Use of Scripture to Justify Separation of Immigrant Families

    By TRAMON LUCAS, The Associated Press Several prominent members of the Black clergy on June 15 criticized United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions for using the Bible to justify separating immigrant children from parents. The Council of Bishops...

    Lawsuits: Congressional Maps Dilute Black Voters in 3 States

    By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and DAVID A. LIEB, The Associated Press A Democratic political group launched a legal campaign June 13 to create additional majority-minority congressional districts in three Southern states, claiming the current maps discriminate against Black...

    San Francisco’s First Black Female Mayor Went from Projects to City Hall

    By JANIE HAR, The Associated Press San Francisco's incoming mayor knows the yawning gap between rich and poor firsthand, having been raised by her grandmother in the city's drug- and violence-riddled projects. It is now the job of...

    Disgraced Ex-Detroit Mayor Seeks Trump Pardon

    By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, [email protected] Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor who began his political career with so much promise, has spent the last seven years incarcerated, on a 28-year-sentence after being convicted of 24...

    Poor People’s Campaign Brings Message to Congress

    By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently convened a hearing on poverty in the country and the key witness was the Rev. William Barber...

    Coretta Scott King Starts A New Program To Avert Violence

    May 29, 1982 WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Coretta Scott King says she is very concerned about high unemployment rates, but feels a new program she is starting across the nation will offer more hope and violence. Mrs....

    Black Fathers Turn to Facebook to Strengthen Bonds

    By Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO Matt Prestbury says when he started gathering together groups of Black fathers, it was because he was a newly-single dad, looking for other people like him. “I began to look...

    Baltimore Teacher Hopes to Take Music Students on World Tour

    By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO Singing Sensations has been invited to South Africa this summer. Offered a chance to perform during Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday celebration, the Baltimore choir group aims to tour in...

    Celebrating Black Fatherhood

    By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been petrified of being a father. Between all the talk about Black men being absent from the household, being wife beaters and...

    San Francisco Set to Get First Black Woman Mayor

    By The Associated Press London Breed was poised to become the first African-American woman elected to lead San Francisco following a hard-fought campaign when a former state senator conceded and congratulated her June 13, more...

    Illinois School to Drop Woodrow Wilson from Name

    By The Associated Press School officials in central Illinois have decided to remove Woodrow Wilson's name from an elementary school and instead honor the area's first Black female doctor. The Peoria Public Schools board voted Monday...

    Fraternity Members Suspended for Video with Racist Slurs

    By The Associated Press Syracuse University suspended 15 members of a fraternity following the release of a video showing pledges using racial slurs and simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person, lawyers for the...

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