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2018: A record year for exonerations by The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project reported that a record nine clients were exonerated and released from prison in 2018 for crimes they didn’t commit.

Couple trying to save James Weldon Johnson cabin

A New Jersey couple is working to preserve a crumbling hilltop cabin in western Massachusetts where noted African-American author, educator and songwriter James Weldon Johnson wrote one of his most famous works.

White supremacist gets life sentence in Charlottesville rally death

An avowed white supremacist who deliberately drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens, apologized to his victims before being sentenced on June 28 to life in prison on federal hate crime charges.

Support grows for new hate crime reporting bill

Nearly three years ago, Khalid Jabara, an immigrant from Lebanon, died on his own doorstep in Tulsa, Okla., when his neighbor gunned him down.

Hampton University studying cancer risks, testing for black women

Luisel Ricks-Santi keeps the medical family tree of one of the participants in her study taped to the door of her office in her lab at Hampton University.

Tulsa's Greenwood District residents fear being pushed out

Standing on the corner of Detroit Avenue and M.B. Brady Street on a warm, spring eve- ning holding a smartphone to his ear, Ricco Wright laments about no longer recognizing the location on the northern leg of the Inner Dispersal ...

Lawmakers hear the case for reparations

The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America’s history of slavery and racial discrimination.

Ambition, urgency at Democrats’ gala

It was a night of big plans and high stakes last Saturday as nearly 1,800 Virginia and national Democrats, including two presidential hopefuls, gathered at Richmond’s Main Street Station for the political party’s annual Blue Commonwealth Gala fundraiser.

Police arrest 6 in Ortiz assassination attempt in DR

Six men have been arrested in the ambush shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz, as he sat in a nightclub late Sunday in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said.

Lonnie G. Bunch III named to head entire Smithsonian Institution

When Lonnie G. Bunch III started working on the Smithsonian’s first African-American museum, he had no collection, no building and one employee.

In the black

Commencement was a red-letter day for Morehouse College graduate Monte Hathaway of Henrico County and his family. That’s when the speaker at Sunday’s 135th commencement ceremony on the Atlanta campus, billionaire tech investor Robert F. Smith, made a surprise announcement ...

Alabama outlaws abortion

Alabama’s Republican governor signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation Wednesday,

Harry and Meghan have a royal baby

And his name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex whose fairytale wedding last year garnered international headlines, gave birth to a 7 pound 3 ounce boy at 5:26 a.m. Monday.

Tiger Woods receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

When Tiger Woods won the Masters Tournament on April 14, President Trump declared he was going to award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom and ordered his aides to schedule the event as soon as possible.

Judge Damon J. Keith, civil rights and judicial icon, dies at 96

U.S. Appeals Court Judge Damon J. Keith, who decided many of the nation’s most important school desegregation, employment discrimination and government surveillance cases during his more than 50 years on the federal bench, died Sunday, April 28, 2019, at his ...

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