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‘Black in Space’ Looks at Final Frontier of Civil Rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black. Years later, Mc...
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Opinion: How to Be Black in 42 Million Ways

National Football League Hall of Famer Terrell Owens started it; then, actor and game-show host Nick Cannon piled on. The beginning: In November, quarterback/pariah/social justice warrior Colin Kaepernick participated in undoubtedly the most scrutinized wor...
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Acclaimed Novelist Ernest Gaines Dies at 86

NEW ORLEANS — Novelist Ernest J. Gaines, whose poor childhood on a small Louisiana plantation germinated stories of black struggles that grew into universal tales of grace and beauty, has died. He was 86. Th...
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Essence Festival Marks 25 Years of Celebrating Black Culture

NEW ORLEANS — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the Fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for thought-proving conversation and performances from top musical acts. ...