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Five things to know about Black History Month 2017

February is Black History Month in the U.S. and Canada, and this year institutions and individuals alike will highlight the contributions of black Americans and Canadians.

NAACP leaders arrested at Alabama protest against Jeff Sessions

The president of the nation's most prominent civil rights group was one of six activists arrested during a Tuesday sit-in at the Mobile, Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President-elect Donald Trump's controversial attorney general pick.

Jury: S.F. police justified in killing young man in park in 2014

San Francisco - San Francisco police did not use excessive force when they shot a young Hispanic man carrying a stun gun in a city park in 2014.

Inside the civil rights movement for people with disabilities Special

One in six children in the United States will have a developmental delay or disability. Developmental disabilities begin during the developmental period of life, either prior to birth or during infancy.

Arkansas Gun range denies service to Muslims

Hot Springs - An Arkansas gun range has decided to refuse service to all Muslims in what they believe is an effort to protect their customers.

Supreme Court denies cert in same-sex marriage cases

Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied cert in same-sex marriage cases, refusing a final ruling on the issue, but allowing same-sex couples to get married in 5 more states with more to join soon. Same-sex marriage will now be legal in the majority of states.

Report: U.S. authorities to probe Ferguson police conduct

Ferguson - The U.S. Justice Department plans to launch a full-scale investigation into alleged civil rights abuses by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where two weeks of sometimes violent protests followed the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager last month.

Photo Essay: The rich history and diverse sites of Memphis TN Special

Memphis - Nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River and steeped in history, Memphis Tennessee offers visitors a variety of musical entertainment and iconic historical landmarks.

U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals mulling gay marriage ban

The U.S. 6th Court of Appeals is deciding gay marriage bans on the books in four states. The three-judge panel has the chance to overturn the bans and likely send the case on to the Supreme court in 2015, and history suggests they will do so.

Oscar-nominated actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee dies

New Rochelle - On June 11, 2014, the American entertainment industry lost Oscar-nominated actress Ruby Dee. She was 91 years old and she passed away at her home in New Rochelle, New York, from natural causes.

U.S. schools still biased in disciplining black students

According to the 2011-2012 Civil Rights Data Collection, released Friday by the Department of Education, black students in the U.S. are getting more punishments and less educational opportunities than their white peers.

Op-Ed: California ban on American flag T-shirts upheld on Cinco de Mayo

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a California high school's right to tell students they must refrain from wearing T-shirts with the American flag displayed on them, saying the students' civil rights were not violated.

Photo Essay: MLK Parade in Savannah, Georgia Special

Savannah - Thousands of onlookers and participants enjoyed Savannah's 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Observance Day Parade. Churches, activists, children, schools and universities, local officials and news anchors participated in the event.

Boy Scouts to admit gay members starting January 1

The Boy Scouts of America have relaxed their strict admittance policy to allow homosexual boys to become Scouts, but the decision has not been accepted openly by everyone.

Stop Being Famous: A chat with Ferrari Sheppard Special

Chicago - Today I had a conversation with Ferrari Sheppard, a journalist, artist, and editor-in-chief. Ferrari created, developed, and runs the website

Op-Ed: Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech, 50 years later

Washington - Fifty year ago Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in front of about 250,000 people, and delivered a fervent address regarded as one of the finest speeches in the history of American oratory.

L.A. protest on Trayvon:'Our boys and girls have a right to live' Special

Los Angeles - Following a unanimous L. A. City Council resolution calling for a civil rights investigation into George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin, Angelinos again rallied, demanding Zimmerman be jailed for what many Angelinos see as a cold-blooded murder

Op-Ed: I cannot walk away from my own moral compass

Phoenix - I can't walk away from my moral compass and supporting the Defense of Marriage Act or any Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage would have me do just that. When you use laws to deny Americans their civil rights, you have some soul searching to do.

IGA English Language Protest Special

Saint-lambert - An IGA in Saint-Lambert, Quebec requires its English employees to speak French to one another, even during their own breaks. A protest was organized outside the store after a 17-year-old employee blew the whistle.

The picture of a tragic event that changed South Africa’s history

Johannesburg - Thirty-seven years ago today, a photojournalist captured the image of a boy killed by police during the high school student’s protests known as the “Soweto Uprising”; the image became a symbol of the struggle for equal rights of black South Africans

Op-Ed: Obama's shame — Hunger strikes and the human rights record

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to close Guantanamo Bay; the infamous Caribbean prison often associated with George W. Bush's War on Terror policies.

Boston bombing suspect not read his Miranda rights

Boston - Civil liberties advocates have decried the decision to deny the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect his Miranda Rights as "un-American."

Op-Ed: 150 years later, US blacks still not fully emancipated

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing millions of blacks from the cruel bondage of slavery.

Review: Out With Dad an original web series the whole family can watch Special

Toronto - "Out With Dad is an award winning webseries and is one of the many online short-form narrative productions that proudly calls Toronto home."

Op-Ed: Fighting spam with empathy

The captcha system was first introduced to combat spam. It stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. It is in use today on countless websites to prevent the endless spamming of posts and accounts.

Op-Ed: Why I'm a Democrat — The champions of civil rights

As a rape survivor and member of the black community, watching the GOP push voter ID laws to suppress the minority vote and forcing a woman to carry a rapist's baby to term, the question "Why am I a Democrat?" seems like a punch-line to a very bad joke.

Op-Ed: Stand up for Khawaja and his fellow civil rights activists

The conviction of the pro-democratic Bahraini demonstrators is a reminder of our duty of solidarity for the fight and plight of those advocating freedom, civil and human rights in Bahrain.

Remembering Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech

On this day, in Washington, Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous 'I have a dream' speech, to thousands who gathered outside of Lincoln Memorial, in what would become a critical moment of the civil rights movement, in 1963.

Op-Ed: No First Amendment for Tweets and no justice for online opinions?

Sydney - A young lady passed out at a party, was sexually molested, and her attackers posted a video of the attack online. She didn’t like the “slap on the wrist” for her attackers, and said so on Twitter. She might go to jail for that.

KKK group bids to adopt stretch of Georgia highway

Atlanta - A north Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has applied to adopt a stretch of highway in Union County, GA, CNN reports. The application was filed by the International Keystome Knights of the KKK on May 21.
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Demonstration against California Proposition 8 in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013, the day oral arguments were heard in Hollingsworth v. Perry. Now, rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans are Constitutional according to denial of cert.
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