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Univ. of Alabama’s first Black student receives honorary doctorate

  Sixty years after she was expelled from the University of Alabama due to on-campus riots protesting her admission, 89-year-old Autherine Lucy Foster of Shiloh, Alabama, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the university.  Foster was first accepted to … Continue reading

Newly released Sandra Bland cellphone video sheds light on her arrest

  Sandra Bland managed to record 39 seconds of video just before she was arrested for allegedly becoming confrontational during a traffic stop in July 2015. She was found dead in a county jail cell three days later, and the … Continue reading

Florida deputies to be tried for shooting disabled man

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that two Brevard County Deputy Sheriffs must stand trial for their shooting of an unarmed man inside his home after family members asked law enforcement officers to Baker Act the … Continue reading

This big firm was criticized for lack of diversity. Now it’s No. 1 for black lawyers, new report

ABA JOURNAL — Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP came under fire for its lack of diversity when a photo of promoted partners, which appeared to include one white woman and 11 white men, was posted to social media in … Continue reading

Racism should be called racism, AP Stylebook changes journalistic guidelines

NBC NEWS — The Associated Press has announced that the AP Stylebook will now advise journalists to use the word racism to refer to acts of racism instead of evoking euphemisms like “racially charged,” and “racially motivated.”   Do not use … Continue reading

Expert advice to police and civilians, how to overcome racial bias

TIME — Jennifer Eberhardt is a psychology professor at Stanford University who won a MacArthur “genius grant”  for her study of bias. In an interview with TIME, she explains how implicit bias can affect people of all age groups and … Continue reading

Body-cam footage confirms police killed Willie McCoy while he was sleeping

THE GUARDIAN — Vallejo police released body-camera footage of 20-year-old Willie McCoy’s killing, which happened at a Bay-area Taco Bell in February. The footage confirms that Vallejo police did not try to wake McCoy nor talk to him before opening fire … Continue reading

Famous rappers urge Supreme Court to take First Amendment case

Chance the Rapper

CNN — Killer Mike, Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, Fat Joe and 21 Savage were among the group of artists and scholars named in a legal brief filed on March 6. The briefing urges the Supreme Court to … Continue reading

Black senator refuses to back down to proposed ‘stand your ground’ bill

USA TODAY — Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers refused to be silenced during a recent debate surrounding the state’s proposed “stand your ground” bill. Sen. Flowers’ outrage was sparked when one of her white counterparts requested to impose a ten-minute time … Continue reading

Sacramento police reveal officers’ account of Stephon Clark’s death

Stephon Clark and family

CNN — Officers’ accounts of what happened on the night that Stephon Clark was shot down in his grandmother’s backyard have been released to the public in a nearly 800-page report by the Sacramento Police Department. In the report, officers … Continue reading