COOL VALLEY, Mo. (AP) — A group of about 35 black elected officials are denouncing a plan to merge the city of St. Louis with St. Louis County and calling for the local NAACP president to...
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black has reached an agreement to avoid trial on charges of welfare...
Beyonce, ‘Black Panther’ win at 50th NAACP Image Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyonce was named entertainer of the year at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of color.
Stars of ‘Black Panther’ and more hit the NAACP Image Awards red carpet
The Latest: Beyonce wins top award at NAACP Image Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards presented Saturday in Los Angeles (all times local):
Beyonce was named entertainer of the year at the 50th...
NEW YORK (AP) — Some of us understand the heartbreak of finding out our favorite band has broken up, but few can actually turn that dismay into a cult classic. That's what Robert Townsend did with...
Jay-Z to receive special honor at NAACP Image Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z will receive the President's Award during the 50th NAACP Image Awards on Saturday.
The NAACP announced Thursday it selected the 49-year-old rapper and entrepreneur...
Sen. Kamala Harris to headline Detroit NAACP fundraiser
DETROIT (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful and California Sen. Kamala Harris will highlight a fundraiser for the Detroit NAACP branch.
The civil rights organization says Harris will give...
Missouri NAACP branch backs changes to Title IX process
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri branch of the NAACP on Friday announced support for legislation that would change how colleges and universities handle sexual assault complaints.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's white Republican governor and the state's only black Democratic congressman are feuding over who should get credit for the home of a slain civil rights leader...
NAACP to host national convention in Boston in 2020
BOSTON (AP) — The NAACP is hosting its convention next year in Boston.
The prominent civil rights organization made the announcement Monday as it prepares for its convention in Detroit this...
NAACP to hold training in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The NAACP plans to hold an event in South Carolina for the first time since it imposed economic sanctions on the state because of the Confederate flag at the...
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Lawmakers, civil rights leaders and voters renewed calls for a white Maryland lawmaker to resign Friday, a day after she was censured unanimously in a House vote for making a...
Judge strikes down North Carolina voter ID OK’d by voters
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge on Friday voided new state mandates requiring photo identification to vote and also limiting income tax rates. He ruled the GOP-controlled legislature...
Judge allows prison gerrymandering lawsuit to move forward
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge says a lawsuit that seeks to change the way Connecticut counts prisoners when drawing up legislative districts can move forward.
Donald Glover gets 5 nominations for NAACP Image Awards
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Coming off a big night at the Grammys, Donald Glover and his alter-ego Childish Gambino were nominated Wednesday for five NAACP Image Awards.
Vermont official urges police review after racism case
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town, at the urging of the state attorney general, is looking for an outside expert to review the police department's practices following its handling of reports of racial harassment against the state's only black female lawmaker, who later resigned .
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The Latest: Vermont town seeks review of police practices
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on call for review of police department following racial harassment case. (all times local):
A Vermont town says it's looking for an outside expert to review the police department's practices following its handling of reports of racial harassment against the state's only black female lawmaker, who later resigned.
Alabama NAACP criticizes state ruling on police shooting
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama NAACP is criticizing the state's decision not to prosecute a police officer who killed a black man in a case of mistaken identity.
A statement from the civil rights organization says Attorney General Steve Marshall's decision essentially tells Alabama's black residents their lives don't matter.
And the Alabama president of the NAACP, Bernard Simelton, says the state is denying justice for relatives of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr.
NAACP seeks meeting after teens seen in apparent blackface
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A local NAACP leader has requested an immediate meeting with officials of a Connecticut school district after two high school students were seen on social media in what appeared to be blackface.
Greater Hartford NAACP President Maxien Robinson-Lewin said Wednesday that she and Simsbury officials were deciding on a date for the meeting.
Judge refuses to throw out NAACP’s lawsuit over 2020 Census
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The NAACP can pursue its legal claim that the U.S. Census Bureau has insufficient funds to properly conduct the 2020 Census, risking a massive undercount of blacks and other racial and ethnic minorities, a federal judge has ruled.
NAACP objects to Georgia lawmaker serving in leadership role
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's NAACP branch is criticizing the leadership appointment of a Georgia lawmaker who it says has supported "racist institutions and white supremacy."
In a statement this week, the group said Rep. Tommy Benton has also praised the Ku Klux Klan.
Benton did not respond to phone and email messages Wednesday from The Associated Press.
Illinois congress members seek 1908 Race Riot designation
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois members of Congress are seeking National Historic Monument status for the Springfield site of the 1908 Race Riots.
NAACP wants newscaster fired after Martin Luther King slur
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NAACP wants a St. Louis-area TV station to fire a newscaster for what he called an unintentional racial slur while talking about Martin Luther King Jr.
KTVI newscaster Kevin Steincross was discussing a tribute to the black civil rights leader on Jan. 17, when he referred to King as "Martin Luther coon Jr." He apologized a few hours later, saying he accidentally misspoke.
Mills restarts tradition of attending NAACP event on MLK Day
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is renewing a tradition abandoned by her predecessor of celebrating the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with the NAACP in Maine's largest city.
Mills, the state's first female governor, is set to participate in a private dialogue Monday with students of color hosted by the Portland chapter of the NAACP at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. She's also set to deliver public remarks at the event that typically draws 700 people.
Government urges judge to toss NAACP lawsuit over census
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Government attorneys on Monday urged a federal judge in Maryland to throw out a lawsuit that claims inadequate funding and staffing for the U.S. Census Bureau will lead to a massive undercount of blacks and other racial and ethnic minorities in 2020.
U.S. District Court Judge Paul Grimm didn't immediately rule after hearing arguments from attorneys representing the Census Bureau and the NAACP.
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Trial for former Rachel Dolezal set for March 4
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A March 4 trial date has been set in a welfare fraud case involving a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled in 2015 after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black.
Nkechi Diallo, formerly known as Rachel Dolezal, has pleaded innocent to the charges filed in Spokane County Superior Court.
NAACP links earthquake signs in Oregon to white supremacy
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black people to move out of neighborhoods, the NAACP of Portland, Oregon, says.
NAACP Image Awards to televise live from Dolby Theatre
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NAACP Image Awards will be televised live for the first time from the Dolby Theatre.
NAACP and TV One officials announced Thursday that the 50th awards ceremony will be televised on the cable network at the venue in Hollywood, California, on March 30. The event will spotlight the contributions of the NAACP and the organization's impact on the community.
Another voter ID law challenge filed in federal court
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina NAACP and several local chapters have sued in federal court challenging anew voter photo identification law. They contend it suffers the same discriminatory flaws as a 2013 voter ID law struck down previously by federal judges.
GOP senator’s opposition likely sinks Trump judicial nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) — A second Republican senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, has said he will vote against President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as a district judge in North Carolina, likely dooming the prospects of Thomas Farr filling the nation's longest court vacancy.
School board names building after late Oklahoma NAACP leader
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City School Board will name its future administration building after the woman who organized civil rights sit-ins to integrate city businesses.
The board voted 7-0 Tuesday to name the building The Clara Luper Center for Educational Services. It is scheduled to open in 2019.
Victim’s dad, NAACP criticize handling of black man’s death
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A court fight over first responders' DNA has broken out in the case of a black Connecticut lawyer found shot to death in his overturned SUV.
The lawyer's father, Dr. Abraham Dabela, has accused police of covering up a murder. But police said evidence points to the death being a suicide.
Critics rebuke Mississippi senator’s ‘public hanging’ remark
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A newly published video shows a white Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi praising someone by saying: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row."
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces a black Democratic challenger in a Nov. 27 runoff, said Sunday that her Nov. 2 remark was "exaggerated expression of regard" for someone who invited her to speak and "any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous."
26-year-old takes lead role at St. Louis County NAACP
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The new president of the St. Louis County NAACP is the youngest person ever to lead the branch.
Twenty-six-year-old John Gaskin III was named president on Friday, replacing Esther Haywood, who was president for 25 years. She will remain as president emeritus.
Gaskin is a Ferguson native who now lives in Bellerive Acres. He says his initial focus will be on improving workforce diversity.
School board may name center for Oklahoma NAACP leader
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Public Schools is considering naming its new headquarters after a woman who organized civil rights sit-ins to integrate city businesses.
NAACP president in Memphis to discuss voter registrations
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The president of the NAACP is urging voters to go to the polls in Tennessee's largest county after problems with registration applications emerged.
Derrick Johnson visited Memphis on Friday and spoke at a news conference.
Johnson's trip comes a day after a judge ordered the Shelby County Election Commission to allow people with incomplete voter registration applications to fix any problems and vote on Election Day.
Group says it’s heard of some voting machine issues
ATLANTA (AP) — A civil rights group says it's heard from some voters about problems with Georgia's touchscreen voting machines during early voting.
The NAACP Georgia State Conference said in a news release that some voters complained of trouble casting ballots for Democrat Stacey Abrams, a former state lawmaker who's trying to become the first black female governor in the country.
Tennessee groups seek court order, claim election violations
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two groups in Tennessee say they've witnessed multiple legal violations by election officials and are asking a court to intervene.
The Tennessee Black Voter Project and the Memphis branch of the NAACP said in a news release Tuesday that their representatives witnessed the violations during a public records inspection at Shelby County Election Commission Operations Center.
Democrats’ not-so-secret plan to fight midterm malaise
WASHINGTON (AP) — They're asking pastors to text their congregants about the importance of voting. They're connecting with thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria. And they're relying on groups like the NAACP, which has tripled its spending from 2016 to energize black voters.
Remains from 1908 Springfield race riots to be excavated
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Archaeological work could begin this fall on the remains of seven homes destroyed during the 1908 race riots in Springfield, Illinois — deadly unrest that precipitated the creation of the NAACP .
Legislator, state NAACP propose voting changes post-Florence
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A civil rights group and key legislator are concerned enough about how residents displaced by Hurricane Florence will be able to vote that they're seeking action on ballot and registration access.
On the eve of special session addressing Florence relief, the state NAACP held a news conference Monday asking the state elections board to extend the traditional voter registration deadline from Oct. 12 to Oct. 17 in close to 30 eastern counties.
Advocacy groups begin campaigns against all 6 referendums
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Election advocacy, civil rights and other organizations often critical of North Carolina Republican policies for years have formed campaigns to oppose all six constitutional referendums in November, calling the amendments misleading power grabs that would hurt the public and justice.
New Mexico candidates address concerns of racial inequality
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor of New Mexico responded to concerns about a limited opportunity for African Americans in state government and the private sector, at a Friday-night forum organized by the NAACP and an associated sorority.
Court: Cooper, NAACP can’t fast-track amendment challenges
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court rejected late Wednesday requests by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and a civil rights group to hear immediately challenges to a pair of constitutional amendments that Republicans rewrote earlier this week.
Man charged with threatening to lynch local NAACP president
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 75-year-old Florida man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly threatening to lynch the president of a local NAACP.
Ronald Wadford was arrested Thursday on two counts of aggravated stalking as a hate crime. Gainesville Police say he threatened to hang Evelyn Foxx who is the president of the Alachua County NAACP chapter.
Police say Wadford called Foxx six times in November 2016, saying he was with the Ku Klux Klan and was going to her house to lynch her.
California Sen. Harris to speak at NAACP dinner in Ohio
CINCINNATI (AP) — A U.S. senator who's considered a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2020 will keynote an NAACP dinner in Ohio.
The Cincinnati chapter of the civil rights group says California Sen. Kamala (KAH'-muh-luh) Harris will speak Oct. 6 at its annual Freedom Fund dinner in the downtown Cincinnati convention center.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state judge declined Tuesday to give immediate relief to Gov. Roy Cooper and interest groups who want proposed constitutional amendments off fall ballots because they argue referendum language written by Republican lawmakers is false and misleading.