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Innocence Project: 2018 was a record year for exonerations

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Innocence Project reported in the most recent issue of its magazine that a record nine clients were exonerated and released from prison in 2018 for crimes they didn’t commit. Maddy deLone, the Innocence Project’s executive director, wrote in Spring 2019 issue of “The Innocence Project in Print” that the nine exonerations were most[Read More…]

Blacks now lead Southern Poverty Law Center

Following a tumultuous change in leadership, including the firing of its co-founder and the resignation of its president, the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations, has two African Americans leading the Montgomery, Alabama-based organization. Bryan Fair, Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, is SPLC’s board chairman,[Read More…]

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to honor black millionaire businessman A. G. Gaston

A.G. Gaston, a black Birmingham millionaire, who is one of the most important heroes of the civil rights movement yet one of the least known and unappreciated, will be honored at 3 p.m. June 30th at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. The opening reception is titled “A. G. Gaston: The Man and His Legacy” and it will[Read More…]

Police arrest a man for the deadly shooting of an alleged shoplifter at a Chicago Walgreens store

It is the second fatal shooting in the drugstore chain in a year   By Frederick Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Chicago police have charged with murder a 33-year-old man who was posing as a Walgreens security guard and a police officer for shooting to death a 46-year-old woman for alleged shoplifting. Police said Louis Hicks Jr. was arrested June 19 for[Read More…]

Google parent asked to report on gender and racial pay gap

  By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA – African American entrepreneur Sky Kelley asked the management team of Alphabet Inc. for improved reporting on the corporation’s global median, gender and racial pay gap to better expose inequality in its treatment of employees. Kelley, representing Time’s Up, made her remarks at the June 19 shareholders meeting of Alphabet Inc. which is[Read More…]

Philadelphia assigns 72 cops to desk duty following racist Facebook posts

St. Louis D.A. won’t accept testimony from 59 officers for the same reason. Some officers are permanently banned   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Philadelphia has assigned 72 police officers to desk duty, and St. Louis’ top prosecutor will not accept testimony from 59 of the city’s police officers. Both departments took action because of racist, sexist and homophobic comments[Read More…]

Maryland creates Truth Commission about lynching. Can the commission deliver

More than 40 lynchings have been documented in Maryland By The Conversation   Between 1850 and 1950, thousands of African American men, women and children were victims of lynchings: public torture and killings carried out by white mobs. Lynchings were used to terrorize and control black people, notably in the South following the end of slavery. Yet despite the prevalence and[Read More…]

Father Augustus Tolton, the first black Roman Catholic priest, is expected to become a saint

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Father Augustus Tolton, the Roman Catholic Church’s first black priest, who is slated to become a saint, was forced to attend seminary in Rome because no American school would admit him despite his intellect, special abilities (he spoke several languages) and his devotion to the church because of his race. Tolton, a former slave[Read More…]

State black–white unemployment gaps hold steady or widen

By The Economic Policy Institute The gap between black and white unemployment widened or remained unchanged in 14 of the 22 states for which data were available in the first quarter of 2019, according to a state-by-state breakdown of unemployment rates by race and ethnicity by Valerie Wilson, Director of EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy.…-steady-or-widen/ “Taking a[Read More…]

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