Speaker stuns Morehouse grads, to pay off $40M student debt

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans __ estimated at $40 ...

Warren building unlikely connection with black female voters

HOUSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren was the last of eight presidential candidates to take the stage at Texas Southern University last month when she was pressed for a solution to black women dying during ...

Kamala Harris says AG Barr representing president, not US

DETROIT (AP) — Capping a week in which her testy exchange with Attorney General William Barr went viral, Sen. Kamala Harris on Sunday told a crowd of thousands gathered at a dinner hosted by the count...

White presidential candidates face 'woke litmus test'

After touring the National Lynching Memorial recently, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke of the "shame" he felt that some white people "kind of looked the other way during these lynching in...

2020's missing issue? Criminal justice gets little mention

NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrats seeking the White House have issued proposals on overhauling education, agriculture, technology and immigration. But none of the candidates has made specific pitches on h...

Smollett saga shook public trust, heightened racial tensions

In the two months since Jussie Smollett reported a late-night attack by assailants shouting racial and anti-gay slurs, the "Empire" actor and activist went from victim to defendant. Police and many in...

Battling over voting rights, Dems, GOP have 2020 in sight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every election year, there's heated talk about voter access and suppression. This year congressional Democrats are hoping to make it a top-tier political fight. The...

Democratic presidential candidates marking Selma anniversary

SELMA, Alabama (AP) — Several Democratic White House hopefuls are visiting one of America's seminal civil rights sites to pay homage to that legacy and highlight their own connections to the movement....

Is Trump racist? 2020 Democrats are split on the question

There's a growing debate among Democratic White House hopefuls over how far to go in criticizing President Donald Trump as racist. Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells The Associated Press that ...

2020 Dems back idea of reparations for descendants of slaves

Several Democratic presidential candidates are embracing reparations for the descendants of slaves — but not in the traditional sense. Over the past week, Sen. Kamala Harris of Calif...

Blackface scandal spotlights deeply embedded racism in US

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is rejecting calls to step down after a scandal erupted over yearbook photo of someone in blackface and another person in a Klan robe. Many African-Americ...

MLK holiday represents big moment for 2020 Democrats

Monday's observance of what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday is emerging as an important moment for Democrats eyeing the White House to talk about one of the most divisive issues...

George H.W. Bush's legacy on racial issues: It's complicated

George H.W. Bush got elected president after a campaign marked by the infamous Willie Horton ad, about a black murderer who raped a white woman while on a weekend furlough from prison. ...

In Georgia, black voters see echoes of voter suppression

ATLANTA (AP) — When Barbara Williams arrived at the Pittman Park Recreation Center just before noon on Election Day to cast her vote, she saw a line so long that the end wasn't in sight. ...

Out of many, several firsts elected across country

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is getting its first two Muslim women and Massachusetts is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tu...