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US groups are declaring March 1 a national day of mourning for Covid-19 victims

Almost one year after the first known US coronavirus death, activists and community groups are calling on officials to memorialize the more than half a million Americans who died with an official Covid Memorial Day. More than a hundred events will take place across the United States on Monday, March 1, to remember those who…

Why Women’s History Month is in March

March is National Women’s History Month, but since women are pretty historic year-round, it begs the question: Why March? Is this month significant to women’s history, or is it just an arbitrary month on the calendar? The answer involves a little bit of history and a little bit of coincidence. From day to week to…

Baseball legends honored in MLB’s Black History Month art series

Major League Baseball celebrated Black History Month this year by merging America’s favorite pastime with art. The MLB commissioned 10 artists to celebrate the careers of legendary Black baseball players, in an effort to “honor the past and current game changers in baseball,” said Barbara McHugh, MLB’s senior vice president of marketing. “We also wanted…

Two men arrested after Georgia manhunt that left deputy critically injured

Two men have been arrested following a manhunt in Georgia that left a deputy in critical condition, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The GBI said preliminary information indicated the deputy was shot during a pursuit Saturday that began in Seminole County, Georgia, when a deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop for reckless…

Florida golfer found drowned after searching for lost ball

A Florida golfer is believed to have drowned after falling into a golf club pond while looking for his lost ball Sunday morning, police say. Hermilo Jazmines of Lutz, Florida, was playing golf with a friend at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release…

These Black transgender women are fighting housing insecurity for LGBTQ people in the South

Kayla Gore wants transgender people of color in the South to have a fighting chance. In 2016, she and her friend Ellyahnna C. Wattshall were working at a local community center in Memphis, Tennessee, when they noticed emergency shelters were discriminating against trans people like them. “It was just me and Ellyahnna at the (LGBTQ)…

Connecticut man accused of starting Molotov cocktail fires targeting ambulances

A 37-year-old Connecticut man allegedly used a Molotov cocktail to start a fire at an ambulance facility and was also connected to other arson fires targeting Emergency Medical Services agencies in the state on Saturday, the Old Saybrook Fire Department said in a Facebook post. The Torrington, Connecticut, man fled the state and was taken…

Black History Month: Althea Gibson

Long before Venus and Serena Williams, another tall, young Black woman shook up the staid world of tennis with her powerful serve and brilliant play. She was Althea Gibson, and tennis had long been a segregated sport when her skill and strength broke the color barrier in the 1950s. Gibson’s path to tennis stardom was…

Black History Month: Albert Murray

He was never a household name, but Albert Murray was one of the most important Black thinkers of the 20th century. The essayist and social critic changed the way people talked about race by challenging Black separatism and insisting that the Black experience was central to American culture. He once remarked that American society is…

New Yorkers rally against wave of anti-Asian hate

Noel Quintana said he was slashed across the face. “When I was attacked on the subway, there were so many New Yorkers around me, but nobody came to my help, nobody made a video,” the 61-year old Filipino American said. “I was scared I wasn’t going to make it. … We are all New Yorkers,…

A civil rights hero’s posthumous memoir a guidebook for today’s activists

Standing on the steps of a courthouse, the Rev. Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian pleaded for the right of every person to vote with “verbal jabs” when a sheriff literally jabbed him, beating and knocking him to the ground. The Baptist minister and director of national affiliates for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had led…

Man wins $500,000 Powerball prize with fortune cookie numbers

When Florida resident Ernesto Sorzano picked up his fried rice and shrimp from a Chinese takeout, he got a fortune cookie that would change his life. Sorzano, who is in the process of moving to Huntersville, North Carolina, used the set of lucky numbers from the fortune cookie to purchase a North Carolina Powerball lottery…

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