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January 8th, 2015
Written by Jeff Amy in All About Family, Race Relations with 1 Comment
Amelie Hahn, braves cold weather as she holds a poster memorializing the 2011 rundown death of James Craig Anderson in front of the federal courthouse in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Two of the men charged in the series of 2011 racial beatings that resulted in Anderson's death attended change-of-plea hearing.
Ten white Mississippi Teens, now young men and women, have been found guilty of random hate crimes against blacks, which included the murder of an unsuspecting victim, James Craig Anderson. A group of young white men and women who killed Anderson, a black man in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2011 had periodically roamed the city that spring, attacking African Americans at random, and police never...
December 3rd, 2014
Written by Christine Armario - Associated Press in All About Family, Race Relations with 3 Comments
English teacher Tom Rademacher talks with his high school juniors Kierra Murray, left, and Ana Silverman, right, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Fair School in Minneapolis. Knowing that the grand jury decision not to indict a white officer who shot and killed a black teen in Ferguson, Mo., would be on the minds of his students, Rademacher put aside his lesson plans and asked them a question: How did they feel?
Students reacts to the Ferguson decision in many ways across the country, some even boycotting classes. In the aftermath of the Ferguson announcement, classrooms across the nation are taking up uncomfortable topics - race, police use of force and poverty, among others - to give students a voice and help them make sense of events. When his high school English students came to class, Tom Rademacher...
November 24th, 2014
Written by Emily Wagster Pettus - Associated Press in All About Family, National Collegiate Dialogue, Race Relations with 11 Comments
This combination made from pictures distributed by the FBI in 1964 shows, from left, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, civil rights workers who were killed in the "Mississippi Burning" case of 1964. The men are going to be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, but the honor is not sitting well with some of their relatives.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom being awarded posthumously to the three civil rights workers who were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in 1964 makes some of their relatives uneasy. They worry it could relegate the racial equality movement to history books when it should instead be seen as relevant as ever, particularly in light of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer...
November 10th, 2014
Written by Lenore Sobota in All About Family, Race Relations with 1 Comment
This is Ronald Regan as a college student at Eureka College, where he became a freshman in the fall of 1928.
Ronald Reagan had three black classmates, making it the most diverse freshman class ever when he enrolled in Eureka College in the fall of 1928. Willie Sue Smith, who became the first black woman to graduate from Eureka College had a connection to Eureka that started well before she came for college in fall 1928 - the same year as Ronald Reagan. Her parents - Harry and Lula Smith - passed through...
October 30th, 2014
Written by Melinda Deslatte - Associated Press in All About Family with 0 Comments
In this Oct. 20, 2014, photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a campaign event for her senate race in Baton Rouge, La. Landrieu said Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, that she is "not backing up" from President Barack Obama, but she also insisted that she had a record of bipartisanship during Louisiana's latest Senate race debate.
The Obama health care law, often referred to as "Obamacare" has a staunch supporter in U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and she has doubled down on her support for the federal health care law even as polls show the revamp remains unpopular in Louisiana and a new Republican attack ad launched Tuesday hits the Democratic incumbent again for her vote. The 30-second TV commercial by national conservative...


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