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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law

A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down Texas' voter ID law, which it says violates the Voting Rights Act.

Firing of Black Police Chief in Pocomoke City, Md., Deepens Town's Racial Divide

The firing of a black police chief on Maryland's Eastern Shore has split a small town, with citizens calling for his reinstatement while town officials defend their decision to let him go.

Baltimore Launches Anti-Crime Partnership with Feds Amid Homicide Spike

A partnership between police and civic leaders aimed at stemming an uptick in homicides and other violent crimes was launched Monday in Baltimore.

Civil Rights Groups Demand Federal Probe of Sandra Bland Death

A broad coalition of civil rights groups delivered more than 500,000 signed petitions to the Justice Department, demanding that Attorney General Loretta Lynch launch a full investigation into the death of Sandra Bland and into the practices and policies of ...

U.S. Gun Violence Is a Human Rights Failure, U.N. Says

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has given the U.S. a series of failing grades on human rights, including failing to meet international human rights standards on gun violence; the uneven implementation of controversial Stand Your Ground laws; violating personal ...

Black Children Experiencing Post-Recession Gains

Eight years after the Great Recession, Black children are prospering in some regards and still struggling in others, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, a respected report on child welfare issued each year.

'Divine Nine' Raises Nearly $100K for Camp for At-Risk Black Male Youths

Phi Beta Sigma, one of the country's largest African-American men's organizations and community service groups, announced Monday that nearly $100,000 has been raised for the completion of the first building of a camp retreat for at-risk black boys and teens.

Obama Admin Launches Pell Grant Program for Inmates

The Department of Education announced Friday a program that will give some state and federal prisoners access to Pell Grants, part of President Obama's effort to reform the nation's criminal justice system.

Conservative Koch Brothers Making Inroads into Black America

In the strangest of bedfellows, representatives of Koch Industry and Ben Chavis are working together on reforming the criminal justice system.

Cincinnati Police Officer Charged With Murder of Black Man

The white University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop has been charged with murder, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Apaches Refuse to Relinquish Sacred Land

When San Carlos Apache Tribal Council member Wendsler Nosie found out late last year that Arizona Sen. John McCain had tucked a rider into the National Defense Authorization Act that transfers 2,500 acres of Apache land to a foreign copper ...

Cops Coach Kids, Build Bridges in Watts

Where the Watts riots once erupted, Los Angeles Police Department officers use football to build bridges and battle crime.

Blacks in Newsroom at All-Time Low

Based on an extensive study published in the Columbia Journalism Review, apparently no one is demanding black journalists; if so, no one's hiring them.

On 50th Anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid Still Vital

As Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 this week, the nation takes a look at the impact of two of the most significant government programs ever launched.

Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Faces Federal Hate Crime Charges

Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who fatally shot nine people last month at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been federally indicted on 33 counts including hate crime charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday.