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Lewis the First Black Lawmaker to Lie in State at Capitol

Civil rights leader honored by former colleagues

(Newser) - The body of the late Rep. John Lewis has arrived in the Rotunda of the US Capitol, where he will lie in state as lawmakers pay tribute to the long-time Georgia lawmaker and icon of the civil rights movement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a delegation Monday to Joint Base... More »

Remembering John Lewis: 'We Have Lost a Giant'

Tributes pour in from Obama, MLK Jr.'s family, and more

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Tributes and statements are now pouring in for the civil rights legend and longtime... More »

The 'Conscience of Congress' Has Died

Congressman John Lewis, a giant in the civil rights movement, is gone at age 80 after cancer battle

(Newser) - John Lewis, the son of Alabama sharecroppers who became a giant in the civil rights movement, was arrested dozens of times in his fight for racial and social justice, and served 33 years in Congress, has died at the age of 80. The AP reports that Lewis' death was confirmed... More »

Minneapolis Instituting a Big Ban After George Floyd Death

No more chokeholds to be allowed by police

(Newser) - Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis have agreed with the state to ban the use of chokeholds by police, and to require police to report and intervene any time they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer. The moves are part of a stipulation between the city and... More »

A Civil Rights Icon, Dead at 98

Joseph Lowery was an aide to MLK Jr. and considered the 'dean' of civil rights movement

(Newser) - A civil rights icon who was an aide to Martin Luther King Jr., conducted the benediction prayer at Barack Obama's 2009 presidential inauguration, and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for two decades has died. Relatives of the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery say the 98-year-old died at home in... More »

Feds Investigate Troubled Mississippi Prison System

Move follows string of inmate deaths

(Newser) - The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the Mississippi prison system after a string of inmate deaths in the past few months, officials said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors are looking into conditions at four state prisons after the deaths of at least 15 inmates since late December. The... More »

In This School District, a Controversial Way to Flush Out Threats

Civil rights advocates say western NY system compromises student privacy

(Newser) - An upstate New York school district has begun using facial recognition technology to look for threats, over the objection of civil rights advocates who say it compromises student privacy. The Lockport City School District said it activated the system Thursday after meeting conditions set by state education officials, including that... More »

The Longest- Serving Black Congressman Has Died

John Conyers was known as the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus

(Newser) - Former US Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving members of Congress whose resolutely liberal stance on civil rights made him a political institution in Washington and back home in Detroit despite several scandals, has died, the AP reports. He was 90. Conyers, among the high-profile politicians topped by sex... More »

Tree Honoring Black Victims of US Massacre Is Cut Down

Officials investigating who chopped down Elaine Massacre memorial tree in Arkansas

(Newser) - Hundreds of African-Americans were killed in Elaine, Arkansas, in 1919 during the United States' horrifying "Red Summer." In April, a tree was planted to honor the Elaine Massacre victims—of which there could have been as many as 800, according to some estimates—but last week the willow... More »

Emmett Till Sign Will No Longer Be the Same

It's being replaced with a 500-lb. bulletproof version

(Newser) - A civil rights landmark that got some disturbing press this week is being replaced—with a bulletproof version, NBC News reports. The memorial to Emmett Till, the Mississippi teen tortured and murdered in 1955, recently appeared in an Instagram photo with three white University of Mississippi students holding guns. Now... More »

'Offensive' Photo Taken at Emmett Till Site Surfaces

3 Ole Miss students held guns in front of bullet-riddled sign honoring slain civil-rights icon

(Newser) - Three University of Mississippi students have been suspended from their frat over a photo that shows them posing, two with guns, in front of a civil rights landmark honoring slain black teen Emmett Till . ProPublica and the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting report the suspension of Ben LeClere, John Lowe,... More »

Hundreds of Blacks Died During 'Red Summer.' A Century Later, the US May Finally Remember

What happened in 1919 is finally being commemorated

(Newser) - America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis, Maryland, and Syracuse, New York, and in big cities like... More »

Feds Admit: We Share Terror List More Than We've Indicated

After years of insisting the list isn't generally shared with private sector

(Newser) - The federal government has conceded it shares its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities, prompting concerns from civil libertarians that those mistakenly placed on the list could face a variety of hassles. The government's admission that it shares the list so broadly... More »

The 'King of Soul'—Killed in an FBI Cover-Up?

Netflix will air new episode of 'ReMastered' on Feb. 8

(Newser) - Sam Cooke was shot dead in 1964—but was it a "justifiable homicide," as the courts ruled, or a conspiracy against a prominent Civil Rights activist? That's what the Netflix docu-series ReMastered purports to reveal in its next episode, per Rolling Stone . A Los Angeles hotel manager... More »

Museum Yanks Angela Davis' Award Over Palestine Support

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute got cold feet over her activism

(Newser) - Activists are calling for a boycott of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama after it rescinded an honor for longtime activist Angela Davis, who cites "my long-term support of justice for Palestine." President Andrea Taylor in October announced Davis, a former member of the Black Panther and... More »

Mall Shooting Story Gets Way Bigger

'Outraged' parents of shooting victim demand justice

(Newser) - The parents of a man killed by Alabama police Friday are calling for justice after authorities apparently shot the wrong guy, ABC News reports. "I'm outraged as a mother because I carried him for nine months," says April Pipkins, mother of police-shooting victim Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr.... More »

Sessions Makes Big Last-Minute Move

Guidelines appear to curtail Justice Department's oversight of police departments

(Newser) - A memo dated Nov. 7 out of the Office of the Attorney General appears to be Jeff Sessions' last hurrah, but civil rights advocates aren't applauding. The New York Times reports that, before he left his post at President Trump's request, Sessions signed off on strict new guidelines... More »

DOE Uses 'Contested' Definition of Anti-Semitism to Revisit Case

Department taking new look at 2011 discrimination claims against Jewish students at Rutgers

(Newser) - In a move the New York Times says supports a "hotly contested definition of anti-Semitism," the Department of Education has announced it's vacating a 2014 ruling by the Obama administration and reopening a case against Rutgers University brought by a conservative Zionist group. The case, per Haaretz ... More »

Suit: I Tried to Help My Unconscious Customer, Got Arrested

Eatery owner sues NYPD, says he was arrested for being 'business owner while black'

(Newser) - The NYPD has been accused of "testilying" in the past, and now a Harlem restaurant owner and two of his workers are suing over an incident last year. Clyde Pemberton, who owns the high-end MIST Harlem, says in his lawsuit that he was arrested June 1, 2017, for being... More »

Lawsuit: 22 Girls Were Strip-Searched in Choir Class

A Fifth Circuit court of appeals sends the case to court

(Newser) - The mothers of two girls who were allegedly strip-searched in a Houston middle school will get their day in court after all, KTRK reports. The two moms say their girls' civil rights were violated when nurses at Lanier Middle School looked under the clothing of 22 female students for $50... More »

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