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WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word “Negro” to describe black Americans in surveys. Instead of the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern labels “black” or “African-American”. The change will […]


Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is a much better man than I am. Farrakhan hasn’t filed a lawsuit for slander against the producers of the television movie “Betty and Coretta” or against executives of the Lifetime Network, but he could. The film debuted on Lifetime last Saturday night. It repeated Sunday afternoon and twice […]

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As our country engages in serious discourse over violence and gun control, Bernice King reminds us of her father’s message 45 years later. The youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. believes that her father’s platform against violence is just as essential today as it was during the civil rights movement. King and other Christian […]

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MLK Day is Monday, January 21, 2013. Find volunteer opportunities in your community for the MLK Day of Service. Go to (Photo: AP)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible but on two — one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and one by Abraham Lincoln. The inclusion of King’s Bible is […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and Martin Luther King Jr.‘s March on Washington for Civil Rights were 100 years apart, but both changed the nation and expanded freedoms. Beginning Friday, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is presenting a walk back in time through two eras. A new […]