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  • On June 15th, in Kokomo, Mississippi, a black teenager was found hanging from a tree in his front yard. Investigators tried to rule it a suicide. But community leaders suggest that 17-year-old Raynard Johnson was killed because he had dated two white girls. And some are comparing his death to the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till, who was murdered for whistling at a white woman. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 07, 2000 | Story
  • Aetna, Inc., the nation’s largest health insurer, apologized Thursday for selling policies in the 1850s that reimbursed slave owners for financial losses when their slaves died. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 14, 2000 | Story
  • Nearly 38 years after James Meredith struggled against racism to enter the University of Mississippi, students have elected the school’s first black student body president. Nick Lott beat his white opponent by more than 100 votes. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 29, 2000 | Story
  • In a new book entitled

    ??The Debt, TransAfrica founder and president Randall Robinson argues that America still owes an enormous debt to Africans and African Americans for the incalculable damage that backs have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of nearly two hundred and fifty years of slavery and segregation. [includes rush transcript]

    Feb 08, 2000 | Story
  • Today, February 1st, is the first day of African American History Month, and it is also the day of the New Hampshire presidential primaries. The first primaries in the country take place in one of the whitest states, which for the first time this year celebrated the Martin Luther King holiday. [includes rush transcript]
    Feb 01, 2000 | Story
  • Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and as people across the United States commemorate the life of the great civil rights leader, many here still languish in poverty and remain disenfranchised as a result of racism–a legacy of slavery. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 17, 2000 | Story
  • The battle in South Carolina over the Confederate flag continues. This week, a coalition of state Republican lawmakers said they won’t consider removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol until the NAACP ends its economic boycott of the Palmetto State. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 14, 2000 | Story
  • Today is a national holiday, commemorating the Fourth of July, when American colonies declared their independence from England in 1776. While many in America hang flags, attend parades and watch fireworks, Independence Day is not a cause of celebration for all. For Native Americans, it is a bitter reminder of colonialism, which brought disease, violence, genocide and the destruction of their culture and way of life.
    Jul 05, 1999 | Story
  • This weekend the nation commemorates the 4th of July, the day American colonies declared their Independence from England in 1776. While many Americans will hang flags, participate in parades, and watch fireworks, Independence Day is not a cause for celebration to all.
    Jul 03, 1998 | Story
  • February is African-American History month. It begins with the birthday of the great American poet, Langston Hughes, born February 1, 1902. Hughes’s career spanned the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s to the Black Arts Movement of the 1960’s. Langston Hughes was the most prolific Black poet of his era.
    Feb 02, 1998 | Story