Mayor James Knowles III talks about how Michael Brown’s death changed Ferguson

James Knowles III, who is white, was re-elected to a third three-year term last year. He said the election was evidence that despite those who speak out at council meetings, he has plenty of support, including in the black community. Knowles, 40, is proud of the work Ferguson has done to reform its police and court practices, reforms that he points out began weeks after Brown’s death, long before they were mandated by a 2016 agreement with the Justice Department. The Ferguson Police Department drew heavy criticism in 2014 for many reasons: It had only three black officers out of 53 in a city that is two-thirds African American. Police were accused of racial profiling in traffic stops, of treating blacks with aggression. Today, Knowles said, the department is almost evenly split between white and black officers. Officers now wear body cameras. They’re more involved with people rather than just reacting to crime.

CA school removing George Washington mural

The San Francisco School Board voted to remove a mural of George Washington which some say is racist and degrading towards African American and Native American people. (Aug 2)

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Democratic hopefuls eye African American voters

Activists, allies, and supporters gathered for a day of events featuring DNC programming, issue-based panels, and presidential candidates. (June 6)

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Veteran recalls fighting Germans, discrimination

Johnnie Jones Sr., one of only 2,000 African American troops to come ashore on D-Day, recalls his service in a military still segregated by race and the discrimination he faced in the service and at home. (June 4)

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Smithsonian names first African American secretary

The director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture will become the new leader of all Smithsonian museums. Lonnie Bunch was named the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, the first African American to hold that title. (May 28)

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Mnuchin: $20 bill redesign with Tubman on hold

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that a decision by his predecessor, Jacob Lew, to put African-American abolitionist leader Harriett Tubman on the $20 bill would be delayed and will not happen in 2020. (May 22)

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New video emerges of controversial police shooting

Body camera footage of a white Louisiana police officer fatally shooting an African American man who had threatened a store clerk leads the man’s family to renew calls for legal action against the officer. (April 22)

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On This Day: 15 April 1947

Jackie Robinson became the first African American of the modern era to play Major League Baseball. (April 15)

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Today in History for April 15th

Highlights of this day in history: The Titanic sinks off the coast of Newfoundland; President Abraham Lincoln dies; Jackie Robinson becomes first African American player in Major League Baseball; US launches air raid against Libya; Cambodian Communist revolutionary Pol Pot dies; Punk rocker Joey Ramone dies at age 49. (April 15)

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