George Shultz wasn't 'afraid to struggle against the odds'
(AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)WASHINGTON – Time was running out when Secretary of State George P. Shultz returned home in April 1988 after flying 16,000 miles in a failed mission to persuade Arabs and Israelis to negotiate their differences. AdA lifelong Republican, Shultz negotiated the first-ever treaty with the Soviet Union to reduce the size of their ground-based nuclear arsenals. The president would not yield, and Reagan and Shultz returned to the United States disappointed but determined to pursue an accord. Although Shultz objected, Reagan went ahead with the deal and millions of dollars from Iran went to right-wing Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua. But only a few years later, Reagan and Shultz, considered Israel’s best friends, had opened the door to Palestinian legitimacy and possibly a Palestinian state on land held by Israel.
The Hammer makes one last trip to spot where he hit No. 715
A photograph of Henry "Hank" Aaron, longtime Atlanta Braves player and Hall of Famer, sits outside his casket during his funeral on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta. (Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves via AP, Pool)ATLANTA – The Hammer made one last trip to the spot where he hit No. “Hank Aaron never bragged about anything — except carrying Georgia for me in 1992." “Just his presence, before he hit a hit, changed this city,” the 88-year-old Young said. A longtime Braves fan, Carter noted he was at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium the night Aaron hit his iconic home run.
Hank Aaron, civil rights leaders get vaccinated in Georgia
Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron waits to receive his COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Aaron and others received their vaccinations in an effort to highlight the importance of getting vaccinated for Black Americans who might be hesitant to do so. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)ATLANTA – Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, former U.N. Ambassador and civil rights leader Andrew Young and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan got vaccinated against COVID-19 in Georgia on Tuesday, hoping to send a message to Black Americans that the shots are safe. Getting vaccinated “makes me feel wonderful," Aaron told The Associated Press.
Rev. C.T. Vivian, key civil rights leader, has died at 95
Vivian, a civil rights veteran who worked alongside the Rev. Vivian, a civil rights veteran who worked alongside the Rev. His civil rights work stretched back more than six decades, to his first sit-in demonstrations in the 1940s in Peoria, Ill. He met King soon after the budding civil rights leaders victory in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. Speaking with students in Tennessee 50 years after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, he explained that the civil rights movement was effective because activists used strategies to make sure that their messages were amplified.
Icons of 1960s civil rights movement voice cautious optimism
At front is civil rights worker Andrew Young, and at right, behind King is Rev. Young, a King lieutenant, marvels at both the sizes and the spontaneity of the protests. (AP Photo, File)CINCINNATI Bob Moses says America is at a lurching moment" for racial change, potentially as transforming as the Civil War era and as the 1960s civil rights movement that he helped lead. I dont think anybody has a notion of how big a change this is going to introduce.Moses remains cautious. Some Americans were shocked, it seems to me, to discover they had actually been swimming in this deep, deep sea and didn't understand it.___Contreras reported from Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
In Americas oldest city, a reckoning over Confederate past
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. In Americas oldest city, a debate over history is looming, as residents and elected officials join the anguished reckoning over race that is now gripping much of the country. Over the years, the plaza has become home to public monuments, including the Confederate memorial. The Confederate memorial has been the subject of hand-wringing before, especially after a young white supremacist, Dylann Roof, opened fire on African American churchgoers in South Carolina three years ago. In the aftermath of that violence, there was talk of moving the memorial but city leaders declined. One of the plaques notes how Confederate imagery has been used as symbols of resistance to civil rights.
Ossoff just short of 50% threshold for US Senate primary win
People wait in line to vote in the Georgia's primary election at Park Tavern on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta. Ossoff was far ahead of two other candidates in his bid to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue in November. In Georgia, candidates must win more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. Perdue, a close Trump ally seeking a second term in November as Republicans look to hold the White House and Senate majority, drew no GOP primary opposition. Ossoffs campaign manager, Ellen Foster, blasted Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for the long lines and confusion at numerous polling sites Tuesday.
Protesters heartened by swift reform, but vow broader change
In the two weeks since Floyds killing, police departments have banned chokeholds, Confederate monuments have fallen and officers have been arrested and charged. (Darnella Frazier via AP, File)ATLANTA Tweet: In the two weeks since George Floyds killing, cities around the nation have begun implementing changes such as banning chokeholds. The city took down the obelisk last week after protesters tried to remove it themselves during one of the many nationwide demonstrations over Floyd's killing by police in Minneapolis. Minneapolis has since banned chokeholds, and a majority of the City Council has vowed to dismantle the citys 800-member police agency. He's also concerned about convictions against the officers charged in Floyd's death.