Montgomery, Alabama’s first black mayor sworn in

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was sworn in Tuesday as the capital city’s first African American leader. (Nov. 13)

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Trump looks to win over black voters ahead of 2020

President Donald Trump looked to win over African-American voters Friday as he launched a new “Black Voices for Trump” outreach initiative in Atlanta. Trump told the crowd Democrats have ‘sabotaged you for far too long.’ (Nov. 8)

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Trump launches ‘Black Voices for Trump’ initiative

Trump and his launch a new “Black Voices for Trump” outreach initiative in Atlanta; expert says Trump only received about 9 percent of the African-American vote and that he’s looking to mobilize support based on some of his accomplishments (Nov. 8)

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On This Day: 5 November 1956

In 1956, Nat King Cole became the first African American to host a US TV network show, with the debut of “The Nat King Cole Show.” (Nov. 5)

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Roxane Gay’s Book Club: ‘Red at the Bone’ Is Just Like the Movie ‘Speed’ (Extended Cut)

This time, the “Bad Feminist” author is joined by Elizabeth Acevedo, author of the award-winning YA novel “The Poet X”; Morgan Jerkins, journalist and best-selling author of “This Will Be My Undoing”; and Josh Gondelman, comedian and writer for “Desus & Mero” and author of “Nice Try.”

“Red at the Bone” is the second adult novel for Woodson, who made her name as a YA writer. Set in Brooklyn, it spans several generations of an African-American family, touching on issues of class, parenthood, race, and community. Gay called the book “stunningly written” and praised it for its prose and lush descriptions, but she said she felt like “there were 100 pages missing.”

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In US capital, teen honors victims of ‘every day’ gun violence | AFP

On the brick wall of an arts center in a Washington alley, a mural depicts the faces of five African-American teens shot dead in 2017 and 2018 in the United States capital. In a country where spectacular mass shootings have become more frequent, the mural is a reminder of a far more common gun crime, in which African Americans are too often the victims.

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On This Day 17 September 1983

Vanessa Williams became the first African American to win the title of Miss America. (Sept. 17)

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Ghana draws African-American tourists with ‘Year of Return’ | AFP

African-American visitors flock to Ghana as it marks the “Year of Return” to remember the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship landing in Virginia. The West African nation is banking on the commemorations to give a major boost to the number of tourist arrivals as it encourages the descendants of slaves to “come home”.

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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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Arrest in Louisiana African American church fires

The suspect arrested in a string of fires at African American churches in southern Louisiana has been identified as a 21-year-old Holden Matthews. (April 11)

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Authorities investigate fires at black churches

Authorities in southern Louisiana are investigating a string of “suspicious” fires at three African American churches in recent days. (April 5)

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‘Suspicious’ fires at black churches investigated

Authorities in southern Louisiana are investigating a string of “suspicious” fires at three African American churches in recent days. The ATF and the FBI are involved in the investigation. (April 5)

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GONZO: The past is not even past (E9)

GONZO remains in New Orleans and continues chowing down on beignets with journalist, Max Blumenthal, who says that while Donald Trump has, indeed, energized ‘the basket of deplorables,’ his campaign slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ won the election because Hillary did represent the ‘winners’ of globalization post-Nafta and he had intentionally appealed to the ‘losers’ in places like Michigan. They also discuss the proliferation of conspiracy theories as unsurprising when the ordinary people of America are some of the most conspired against people in the world, including, for example, the Tuskegee syphilis experiment on African-American males from 1932 until 1972.

As they reminisce about the GONZO journey encountering ghosts on the trail, Blumenthal notes that Donald Trump is the perfect American ghost who brings all the dark ghosts of our past into one orange skinned, dead fox haired character who has so much energy it’s as if he’s powered by fish filets.

Later in the day, Max visits Dr. Clyde Robertson, director of African and African-American Studies at Southern University in New Orleans, to discuss the problem with our racist past that is not even past. Racism still haunts society and politics today as the nation went from slavery to Jim Crow to the prison industrial complex. They discuss the history of the Black Panthers in the area and the gentrification of the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Robertson also mentions that Barack Obama did not deliver a post-racial society as he kowtowed to special corporate interests instead. Finally, Max and Stacy head out toward Florida, passing through rain storms in Alabama and Mississippi.

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Trump honors African Americans at White House

President Donald Trump paid tribute to African American history month at the White House on Thursday. (Feb. 21)

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