Confederate icon from state of Mississippi flag to be removed

U.S. 06/29/20, 04:35

The Mississippi House and Senate voted on Sunday, June 28, to remove the Confederate emblem from its state flag, after being the last state to remove the icon. Lawmakers from both sides had given impassioned speeches both for and against removing the emblem, a decision that had created division among Mississippians, ...

O’Rourke: White Americans don’t know full story of slavery

U.S. 06/15/19, 02:26

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke took an unconventional approach to reaching out to African-American voters Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina. He strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year's Southern presidential primaries. In ...

Explains: Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery in the US

U.S. 06/14/19, 14:18

A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War ...

House hearing on reparations for slavery set for next week

Politics 06/12/19, 23:32

The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties is scheduled to hold ...

Lobbyists back teen trying to end Texas Confederate holiday

U.S. 04/20/19, 09:44

Months after the removal of a plaque in the Texas Capitol that rejected slavery's role in the Civil War, a push to abolish a state holiday honoring Confederate soldiers has returned with the backing of high-powered lobbyists. But it still faces long odds. Texas is one of just nine states with ...

California school district changing name tied to Confederacy

U.S. 04/17/19, 02:46

The Dixie School District board voted Tuesday night to change the name of the 150-year-old district after critics linked it to the Confederacy and slavery. Trustees voted 3-1, with one abstention, to change both the name of the San Francisco Bay Area district and the name of its elementary school by ...

David Brion Davis, scholar of slavery, dead at 92

Entertainment 04/15/19, 16:32

David Brion Davis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who documented the centrality of slavery in Western culture through a landmark trilogy that made him among the world's most respected and influential scholars, has died.Davis, a professor emeritus at Yale University, died Sunday at age 92. Yale announced that he died of ...

Georgetown students endorse slavery reparations fund in vote

U.S. 04/12/19, 00:51

Georgetown University undergraduates have voted in favor of a referendum seeking the establishment of a fund benefiting the descendants of enslaved people sold to pay off the school's debts.The $27.20-per-semester fee would create one of the first reparations funds at a major U.S. institution. In an early Friday statement, university ...

Georgetown students to vote on slavery reparations fund

U.S. 04/11/19, 01:31

Georgetown University students are considering a fee benefiting the descendants of enslaved people sold to pay off the school's debts, an effort that would create one of the first reparations funds at a major U.S. institution.News outlets report undergraduate students will vote Thursday on a "Reconciliation Contribution" in the form ...

Republican state senator criticized for comments on slavery

U.S. 04/09/19, 23:22

A Republican state senator from Oregon said on Tuesday that the designation of slaves as three-fifths of a person was not racist, drawing condemnation from at least two black lawmakers.Sen. Dennis Linthicum, from Klamath Falls in southern Oregon, said during floor debate that the intent of the Three-Fifths Compromise, which ...

O’Rourke says he would support commission on reparations

2020 Campaign 04/03/19, 11:02

Beto O'Rourke says if he is elected president, he would support a House bill that would create a commission to study reparations to African Americans over slavery. Speaking Wednesday at Al Sharpton's National Action Network convention in New York, the Democratic presidential candidate said he would back a bill sponsored by ...

Heart of Dixie? Alabama presenting diversity in bicentennial

U.S. 03/31/19, 07:56

In 1961, Alabama marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War with white women dressed in hoop skirts parading through a coliseum and a re-enactment of the inauguration of the Confederate president at the state Capitol.The state's 2019 bicentennial celebration is very different, with a frank ...

Report: Myanmar, China failing to stop ‘bride’ trafficking

Europe 03/20/19, 23:40

Authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.The report released Thursday says women are often tricked into traveling to China in search of work or ...

Warren backs congressional plan for reparations study

Politics 03/18/19, 20:39

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is embracing a congressional proposal to study a framework for reparations to African-Americans hurt by the legacy of slavery as the best way to begin a "national, full-blown conversation" on the issue. Warren first voiced support for reparations last month, becoming one of three 2020 Democratic ...

Presidential hopeful Castro isn’t ruling out reparations

U.S. 03/10/19, 10:34

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro isn't ruling out direct payments to African-Americans for the legacy of slavery — a stand separating him from his 2020 rivals.The former housing secretary says, "If under the Constitution we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn't you compensate people who actually were ...

California school rejects change of name tied to Confederacy

U.S. 02/13/19, 15:30

There's a battle brewing in Dixie ... California.Officials in a city north of San Francisco have refused for now to change the 150-year-old name of the Dixie School District, despite criticism from some who say it evokes the Confederacy and slavery.After more than five hours of sometimes heated public comment, ...

Portuguese town opens window to its slave-trade history

Europe 02/06/19, 11:12

To the casual visitor, Lagos is a striking beach town of charming coastlines and sightly sandstone cliffs. A medieval castle sits alongside boutique cafes and outdoor restaurants serving boiled and baked octopus. One can speed along the shore in a watercraft during the day and catch an intimate Fado show ...

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