NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture." Competitive...
Old mistake fixed on NY Capitol’s Frederick Douglass carving
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A more than 100-year-old mistake in the spelling of 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass' last name on his stone carving at the New York state Capitol has been...
Frederick Douglass biography among Lukas prize nominees
NEW YORK (AP) — David W. Blight's biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland" are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary...
HUD official trapped in elevator during public housing visit
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal housing official's monthlong tour of New York City public housing complexes hit a speed bump when she got stuck in an elevator Tuesday.
Shooting of hall monitor prompts school to cancel classes
BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials at a Baltimore school where a hall monitor was shot and wounded last week say classes are being canceled to give staff time to organize student counseling.
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Police: School monitor shot while confronting armed intruder
BALTIMORE (AP) — A special education assistant at a Baltimore high school was wounded by gunfire Friday after confronting an armed intruder trying to enter the sprawling building. Officials sprang into lockdown mode as the sound of gunshots reverberated through the building packed with students.
Maryland board OKs contract for Tubman and Douglass statues
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland board has approved a contract to put bronze statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass in the historic Maryland State House.
The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 for the $575,000 contract Wednesday for the statues of the Maryland-born abolitionists. Both Tubman and Douglass were born on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The board is comprised of Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.
‘I Have a Dream’ recited at Lincoln museum for MLK day
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday anniversary Monday.
Actor Reggie Guyton (GYE'-tun) will read King's "I Have a Dream" speech at 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. in the museum's main plaza.
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Replacement statue of Frederick Douglass installed
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A replacement statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass has been installed at the spot in Rochester where the original statue was vandalized last weekend.
Community leaders held a public ceremony Thursday afternoon to mark the installation of the new statue. It replaces a cast epoxy resin statue that was ripped from its base early Sunday morning.
Frederick Douglass statue damaged during attempted theft
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police have arrested two college students for damaging a statue of Frederick Douglass during an attempted theft in upstate New York.
Authorities charged the 21-year-old and 20-year-old with criminal mischief in connection to the attempt in Rochester early Sunday morning.
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Author of new Frederick Douglass biography to give talk
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — The author of a new biography on the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass will discuss his book at an event in the Adirondacks.
John Brown Lives!, a Westport, New York-based human rights organization, says author David W. Blight will talk about "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" during a book-signing event Saturday night at BluSeed Studios in the village of Saranac Lake.
A look at the books which have inspired literary classics
NEW YORK (AP) — Behind every great book are the books which influenced it.
The "micro-learning" app and platform blinkist.com has been compiling literary sources for such classics as "A Clockwork Orange," ''Oliver Twist" and "1984." Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" was inspired by each of her parents — William Godwin's "An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice" and Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Women."
Video shows Baltimore high schooler punching teacher in face
BALTIMORE (AP) — A video showing a Baltimore high school student punching a teacher in the face has been viewed more than 60,000 times on Instagram.
News outlets report the video posted Wednesday afternoon shows the student hitting the teacher at Frederick Douglass High School.
Controversial Kentucky mural reimagined in a ‘divine space’
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — "There is not a man under the canopy of heaven, that does not know that slavery is wrong for him."
This line, from Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" is now emblazoned around the domed ceiling of the University of Kentucky's Memorial Hall entryway.
The words were carefully painted there this week by artist Karyn Olivier as she attempts to contextualize and commemorate one of UK's most controversial spaces.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The first three of 13 replicas of the Frederick Douglass statue in a Rochester park are set to be installed as part of a tribute to the bicentennial of the abolitionist's birth.
The statue was originally dedicated in 1899 at the city's downtown train station. It was moved in 1941 to Highland Park.