MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daunte Wright, the young Black man shot by an officer during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, was not “just some kid with an air freshener,” but a “prince” whose life ended too soon at the hands of police, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday during an emotional funeral. Read more
Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. Read more
Staring today, Jackson Health System will vaccinate law enforcement officers, firefighters and K-12 school-site personnel ages 50 and older, and is lowering the age threshold to the same for medically at-risk individuals. Read more
Vernon Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington insider and corporate influencer, has died, according to a statement from his daughter. He was 85. Read more
Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed a record $96.6 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, offering a more upbeat picture of Florida’s finances than the lawmakers who will have to stitch together a spending plan as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper the economy. Read more
Housing secretary nominee Marcia Fudge told senators Thursday that she would take “extraordinary actions” to prevent people from losing their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated Black Lives Matter, the global racial justice movement, for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Read more
The police chief of Ohio’s capital and largest city was forced out Thursday after the mayor who hired him said he’d lost confidence in the chief’s ability to make needed changes to the department, weeks after the police killing of Andre Hill. Read more
The Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler in Tuesday’s special election for an unexpired term for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. Warnock will become the first Black senator in Georgia history. It remains too early to call the second race between Democrat Jon Ossoff a… Read more
All eyes are on Georgia as the nation awaits final results in the high-stakes Senate runoff election that will decide the balance of power in Congress and help determine President-elect Joe Biden’s capacity to enact what may be the most progressive governing agenda in generations. Read more
A Black doctor who died battling COVID-19 complained of racist medical care in widely shared social media posts days before her death, prompting an Indiana hospital system to promise a “full external review” into her treatment. Read more
A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave appearing to kneel at his feet – optics that drew objections amid a national reckoning with racial injustice – has been removed from its perch in downtown Boston. Read more
A federal judge ordered local election officials in Georgia to allow voting by more than 4,000 people whose eligibility was being challenged ahead of next week’s runoff elections for the U.S. Senate. Read more
Christmas tree stands outside the intensive care room where a man stricken by COVID-19 lies unconscious, a machine breathing for him. A few feet away, a plastic snowman adorns the door of another patient whose face is barely visible behind ventilator tubes. Read more
Trump administration political appointees tried to block or change more than a dozen government reports that detailed scientific findings about the spread of the coronavirus, a House panel investigating the alleged interference said Monday. Read more
A judge upheld his decision to livestream the trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Read more
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
The number of people stopped from buying guns through the U.S. background check system hit an all-time high of more than 300,000 last year amid a surge of firearm sales, according to new records obtained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety.
Police in Oregon’s largest city are being advised to no longer pursue low-level traffic infractions — including expired plates and broken headlights — unless related to an immediate safety threat, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Tuesday.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as president.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Juneteenth will be celebrated like never before this year across Miami-Dade, with several events scheduled to commemorate the oldest celebration of freedom in the country, which Congress voted on Wednesday to become the nation's 12 federal holiday.
Backing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign against critical race theory, the State Board of Education approved a rule last week that places controversial guidelines on the way U.S. history is taught in public schools.
A group of recent Miami Jackson Senior High School graduates have managed to delay a shutdown of the 58-year-old Allapattah Branch Library, a facility that is also used by residents of Liberty City.
Local elected leaders rode through town on their bicycles Sunday, June 13, with representatives from VAX305 and Break the Cycle to spread the word about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
To increase the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in underserved areas, the Iota Pi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will host a COVID-19 vaccination event on Saturday, June 19, in Florida City.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist brought his “voting rights” tour to Tallahassee, Fla., last week, meeting at the local headquarters of the NAACP amid federal court challenges to a contentious elections bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Touting the measure as a way of allowing students to “reflect and be able to pray as they see fit,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed a bill that will require public schools to hold moments of silence at the beginning of each day.
South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been hit by further delays as it will have to discard at least 2 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines produced in the country.
Tuesday, June 08, 2021
Early Tuesday morning, Miami-Dade Police responded to a Brownsville crime scene. They found two victims of a drive-by shooting and 88 bullet casings left for homicide detectives to clean up.
A group of Miami Gardens residents celebrated a bittersweet win on Friday, after announcing they’ve officially gathered enough signatures on a petition to recall three city council members who voted to pave the way for Formula One racing at the Hard Rock Stadium.
Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell is challenging Black U.S. Rep. Val Demings in the Democratic primary for a chance to unseat Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, while Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has announced her run for governor.
Jennifer McClellan remembers her parents recounting life as Black Southerners enduring segregation and the trauma and triumph of the civil rights movement. It taught her that government can be “a powerful force for improving people’s lives” but also one “that oppresses some, ignores others.”
Miami Heat assistant coach Caron Butler can easily point to the lowest moment in his life – the days he spent as a teenager locked in a solitary confinement cell inside a juvenile prison.
You might think that prizewinning New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones would be a clear pick for a tenured position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The landmark voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 didn’t happen in just one day: Participants spent four nights camping along the roughly 55-mile route through Alabama, sleeping in tents and near farm buildings under the watch of guards to prevent white supremacist attacks.
Last June, when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced a plan to take down a 131-year-old statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, the move was met with widespread praise and relief from racial justice activists who had long seen it as a symbol of white supremacy.
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- Albert Dotson Sr. receives emotional send-off
- Top 14 ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Miami
- Billionaires Row: The only Black-owned Champagne brand in the world
- Victory against elder abuse in Shirley Gibson case
- From bad foster care experience to changing the system
- Jackson Hospital North facelift uplifts community
- Longtime child and family advocate Carolyn Nesbitt dies
- Library branch saved by Jackson High students
Miami Times JUNE 23-29, 2021
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- Victory against elder abuse in Shirley Gibson case
- Local racial equity efforts receive $1M infusion
- YWCA racial justice efforts catapult a century
- Don't cubbyhole Ken Russell as the white man in the race
- Black farmers prioritized to receive a FL pot license
- How to access the new expanded child tax credit
- Cold case review board boosted by Biden nominees