‘I’m tired of being quiet!’ Biden says he supports filibuster change to pass voting rights bill
President Joe Biden is challenging senators to “stand against voter suppression,” urging them to change Senate rules in order to pass voting rights legislation that Republicans are blocking from debate and votes.
Zendaya, Oprah, others react to death of Cicely Tyson
FILE - Cicely Tyson arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 20, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)LOS ANGELES – Reaction to the death of Tony and Emmy-winning actor Cicely Tyson at 96. Thank you Cicely Tyson. Cicely Tyson just published her memoir this week!! "I’m sad to hear the news that we lost our dear Cicely Tyson, the sweetest person I’ve ever met.
Goade becomes first Native American to win Caldecott Medal
(Random House Books for Young Readers/Roaring Brook Press/Nancy Paulsen Books via AP)NEW YORK – Illustrator Michaela Goade became the first Native American to win the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for best children's picture story, cited for “We Are Water Protectors," a celebration of nature and condemnation of the “black snake” Dakota Access Pipeline. "I am really honored and proud," the 30-year-old Goade told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. The Newbery medal was established in 1922, the Caldecott in 1937. Goade, whose other books include “Encounter,” is the first Native American to win in either category. The Stonewall Book Award for best LGBT literature was given to Archaa Shrivastav for “We Are Little Feminists: Families."
King Day service calls for nonviolence amid turbulent times
Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, in Atlanta. “This King holiday has not only come at a time of great peril and physical violence, it has also come during a time of violence in our speech — what we say and how we say it,” said the Rev. Bernice King, the slain civil rights leader's daughter. His family was among a sparse group wearing masks and sitting far apart amid mostly empty pews as others delivered remarks remotely. That means that our destiny is tied together.”Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.
AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter groups plan convention
The 2020 Black National Convention will take place Aug. 28 via a live broadcast. The first-ever Black Lives Matter convention was held in Cleveland in 2015. Convention organizers said this years event will pay tribute to the historic 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana, which concluded with the introduction of a national Black agenda. Somewhat similarly, the Vision for Black Lives platform and its characterization of Israel as an apartheid state committing mass murder against Palestinian people drew allegations of anti-Semitism from a handful of Jewish groups, which had otherwise been supportive the Black Lives Matter movement. We dont just say Black lives matter and beg people to care.
Martin Luther King's traffic ticket changed history's course
The man was Martin Luther King Jr., and his citation on May 4, 1960, led to him being sentenced, illegally, to a chain gang. AdSmith later wrote that they were stopped because the officer saw her white face with a black man. Nixon had just been endorsed by Martin Luther King Sr., the leader of Ebenezer Baptist Church. But Nixon ignored their pleas for help, while Kennedy called Mrs. King to express his sympathy. AdAccording to The Gallup Poll, Black people voted 61% Democrat/39% Republican in 1956, and 68% Democrat/32% Republican in 1960.