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Richard Hatcher, one of the nation’s first black mayors of a major city, dies at 86 | The Washington Post

Richard Hatcher, who became one of the first African American mayors of a large U.S. city when he was elected mayor of Gary, Ind., in 1967, died Dec. 13 at a Chicago hospital. He was 86. His death was announced by his daughter, state Rep. Ragen Hatcher, a Gary Democrat. The cause was not immediately known. Mr. Hatcher had to overcome opposition from the local Democratic machine to become mayor of what was then Indiana’s second-largest city in a surprise victory in 1967. He went on to serve five terms. He became the political face of Gary and a national […]

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‘Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump’ | The Atlantic

Daryl Davis believes the method he used to persuade many klansmen to defect from the hate group can help America to bridge its political divides. As a hobby, the black musician Daryl Davis persuades members of the Ku Klux Klan to defect from the organization. Over the years, he has spoken with hundreds of white supremacists. And due to his work, a couple dozen people have left the organization, including at least two prominent figures in senior leadership positions. Two years ago, after listening to his life story on Love+Radio, the peerless character-driven interview podcast, I wrote about his belief […]

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The Republican Party’s “Racism Problem” (Rebroadcast) | 1A WAMU 88.5

Michael Steele made history when he became the first African-American chair of the Republican National Convention in 2009. Steele served in that role until 2011 and he likely wasn’t expecting to make headlines while in attendance at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C. Then, this happened at the event’s annual Ronald Reagan dinner. We were somewhat lost as a group, we had just elected the first African-American president, and that was a big deal and that was a hill that we got over and it was something that we were all proud of and we weren’t sure […]

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Adrienne Jones elected Maryland’s first African-American, female House speaker | CNN

Veronica Stracqualursi, CNNAmber Ferguson/The Washington Post, Featured Image (CNN) A Maryland lawmaker made history on Wednesday when she became the first woman and first African-American elected as the state’s House speaker. Del. Adrienne Jones was unanimously voted as speaker after the two Democratic candidates who were vying for the job stepped aside to nominate her. “Wow, I didn’t think I would be here this time when I left out my house this morning,” Jones said after she was sworn in, according to video from CNN affiliate WBAL-TV. CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CNN

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Kamala Harris Pays a Visit to Al Sharpton | The New Yorker

Eric Lach, The New Yorker Photograph by Drew Angerer / Getty. Featured Image announcing her Presidential campaign, last month, Kamala Harris, the California senator, has held a rally in California, a CNN town-hall event in Iowa, and a non-CNN town-hall event in New Hampshire. On Thursday, she had lunch in Harlem. Harris, who hopes to become the first black female President, was there to meet with the Reverend Al Sharpton, the civil-rights activist and cable-news host, at Sylvia’s, the soul-food institution on Malcolm X Boulevard. Harris and Sharpton shared a table near a window. Outside, a few dozen members of […]

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Kamala Harris Is Accused of Lying About Listening to Tupac. Here’s What Happened. | The New York Times

Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times began as a lighthearted moment. Senator Kamala Harris, the California Democrat and former prosecutor who announced her presidential candidacy last month, revealed on a popular radio show this week that she had smoked marijuana during her college years at Howard University in Washington. But after a viral tweet ignited backlash from marijuana activists and conservatives, Ms. Harris faces accusations that she fabricated parts of her story. In the midst of answering simultaneous questions about what music she listens to, she appeared to some to say she listened to rap artists like Tupac and […]

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Lorraine Morton, Evanston’s first black mayor, remembered as trailblazer, history maker | ABC7 Chicago

Karen Jordan, ABC7 Chicago , Ill. (WLS) — Former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton is gone, but not forgotten. Morton lived a purpose-driven life, accomplishing many firsts. She made Evanston her home after graduating Northwestern University and became the first educator of color to teach in a public school there. Over the years, she went from principal, to alderman, to being elected the city’s first African American mayor in 1993. “She was the mayor for the city of Evanston. Not just a black mayor,” said Delores Holmes, a former Evanston alderman. Holmes had known Morton long before they worked together on […]

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder to decide on 2020 bid in a few weeks | PBS News Hour

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press, PBS News Hour Photo: Chris Graythe (Getty Images). Featured Image MOINES, Iowa — Former Attorney Gen. Eric Holder said Tuesday he is in the final stages of deciding whether to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president and plans to decide in about a month. “I’m going to sit down with my family very soon and decide whether this is something we’re going to seek,” Holder told reporters after headlining a voting rights forum at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Holder met privately with Democratic legislative leaders to discuss voting rights and legislative redistricting, key […]

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New Year Brings Hope and Pushes for Proper Implementation with First Step Act | AFRO

George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Wesley Bell laughs during his speech after being sworn in as St. Louis County Prosecutor during a New Year’s Eve celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 01, 2019 in St. Louis, Mo. Between jokes Bell took a serious note, stating there is a lot of work that needs to be done. Photo by Colter Peterson. Featured Image 2019 organizations that supported the recently passed First Step Act, which helps reform the prison system, are calling for proper implementation and transparency, officials said. “I think the take away from folks supporting and opposing this bill is that it’s well […]

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