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African Americans: Racial or ethnic group in the United States with African ancestry
African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa. The term was coined to refer to descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States.


A driving force in women's golf

At the Clearview Golf Course in East Canton, Ohio – the first golf course in the U.S. designed, built, owned and operated by an African-American – women are taking part in Clearview Hope, the first..
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First African-American FBI agent finally gets recognition

There are no known photographs of James Wormley Jones, but there is a record of his hiring
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Videos for African Americans

Bloomberg makes bombshell apology for "stop and frisk" [Video]Bloomberg makes bombshell apology for "stop and frisk"

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg admitted he was wrong to support the "stop and frisk" police practice that ensnared disproportionate numbers of blacks and Latinos, apologizing to a largely..

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'Deval For All' joins crowded Dems in presidential race [Video]'Deval For All' joins crowded Dems in presidential race

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will seek the Democratic nomination for president, entering a crowded field of candidates vying to run against Republican Donald Trump in 2020, he said in a..

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Kentucky elects first African-American attorney general [Video]Kentucky elects first African-American attorney general

The Republican candidate became the first African-American elected to serve as Kentucky's attorney general.

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John Conyers dies at age 90 [Video]John Conyers dies at age 90

John Conyers, a liberal Democrat who was the longest-serving African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving for more than half a century, died on Sunday at the age of 90.

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Hillary Clinton eulogizes Elijah Cummings [Video]Hillary Clinton eulogizes Elijah Cummings

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday praised the late Elijah Cummings, a leading force in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, as someone who "stood against..

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U.S. lawmakers remember Elijah Cummings [Video]U.S. lawmakers remember Elijah Cummings

U.S. lawmakers came together on Thursday to remember Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings who died last week. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised the civil rights champion with Senator Chuck..

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Trump's 'lynching' tweet draws backlash [Video]Trump's 'lynching' tweet draws backlash

As another key career diplomat witness appeared on Tuesday in the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, Trump called himself the victim of a "lynching," a..

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Pioneering actress Diahann Carroll dies at 84 [Video]Pioneering actress Diahann Carroll dies at 84

Tony-winning actress and singer Diahann Carroll passes away in her home in Los Angeles at 84. Freddie Joyner has more.

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Student debt weighs heavier on black borrowers, Fed says

African-American borrowers are particularly at risk as student debt around the U.S. continues to soar
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Carrie Saxon Perry, Barrier-Breaking Mayor, Dies at 87

The first African-American woman to run a major New England city, Hartford, she died a year ago, but the death was reported only recently.
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Women find community, "peace of mind" in Double Dutch

Double Dutch was a go-to pastime for millions of African-American girls growing up in the '70s, '80s and '90s
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Women find freedom and peace through Double Dutch club

In our series, A More Perfect Union, we aim to show that what unites us as Americans is far greater than what divides us. Today, we are taking a trip down memory lane to the days when jumping double..
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Supreme Court Hears Racial Discrimination Case Against Comcast

Byron Allen, an African-American entrepreneur, says the cable giant discriminated against his company, Entertainment Studios Networks.
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Steven Reed, first African-American mayor of Montgomery, hopes MLK Jr. is "proud"

Steven Reed made history Tuesday when he was sworn in as the first African-American mayor to lead Montgomery, Alabama, the first capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Jericka Duncan spoke..
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Trump Reaches Out to Black Voters

The outreach may not expand the president’s meager support among African-Americans, but it appeared aimed at reassuring suburban white voters discomfited by his use of racist tropes.
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Trump looks to win over black voters ahead of 2020

President Donald Trump looked to win over African-American voters Friday as he launched a new "Black Voices for Trump" outreach initiative in Atlanta. Trump told the crowd Democrats have 'sabotaged you..
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Trump courts black voters in Atlanta

President Trump spoke Friday in Georgia to launch the campaign initiative Black Voices for Trump, as he tries to make the case that his support among African Americans is strong, despite low approval..
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Trump launches 'Black Voices for Trump' initiative

Trump and his launch a new "Black Voices for Trump" outreach initiative in Atlanta; expert says Trump only received about 9 percent of the African-American vote and that he's looking to mobilize..
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A white restaurant manager was sentenced to 10 years for enslaving and beating a black man

A white restaurant manager in South Carolina was sentenced to 10 years in prison for enslaving and torturing an African American cook
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Trump, Pence, trying to win over African-American voters, to launch 'Black Voices for Trump' coalition in Atlanta

Trump is aiming to expand his support among African Americans ahead of 2020. Only 8% of African Americans cast their ballot for Trump in 2016.
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Black News Channel will launch broadcast in new year on Jan. 6, 2020

The Black News Channel, a 24/7 news offering, will launch in January 2020, offering programming culturally specific to the African American audience.
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Popeyes Sandwich Strikes a Chord for African-Americans

On social media and in interviews, many are saying the chicken sandwich comes across as authentically “black.”
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On This Day: 5 November 1956

In 1956, Nat King Cole became the first African American to host a US TV network show, with the debut of "The Nat King Cole Show." (Nov. 5)  
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Free speech and the price of defamation

In 2016 an African American student from Oberlin College in Ohio, trying to use a fake ID to buy wine, was taken into custody by police. The arrest prompted demonstrations that accused the store's..
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"Mobituaries": Who was the first African American major leaguer? Not Jackie Robinson

They made history. So, why don't we know their names?
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Will Hurd, retiring Republican, says El Paso massacre is "white nationalism terrorism"

Texas Congressman Will Hurd, the only African-American Republican in the House of Representatives, discusses the mass shooting in El Paso and his decision to not seek reelection.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates on Barack Obama

In this web exclusive, author Ta-Nehisi Coates ("Between the World and Me") talks of being summoned to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama, and of his mixed feelings over the first..
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Milepost: Reopening the Emmett Till murder case

The Justice Department confirmed this week that, based on unspecified "new information," it is re-opening the case of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American youth from Chicago who was kidnapped..
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The pioneering prints of Dox Thrash

Artist Dox Thrash (1893–1965), who attended night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago while working as an elevator operator, revolutionized printmaking in the 1930s by pioneering a completely new..
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Sen. Tim Scott on politics, race and Trump

Fifty-two-year-old South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is the only African-American elected to the U.S. Senate from the Deep South in more than a century, and the only African-American Senator who is a..
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Traveling with "The Green Book" during the Jim Crow era

Racism was a chilling fact of life that, in 1936, inspired "The Negro Motorist Green Book," a guide to businesses that welcomed African American travelers who faced being turned away or threatened in a..
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"Green Book": Traveling while black

In this web exclusive, Alice Clay Broadwater, who was a teacher traveling between Boston and the South with her family during the Jim Crow era, and her son, Douglas Broadwater, talk with Martha..
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The story of Reconstruction

In the years following the Civil War known as Reconstruction, newly-freed African American men could finally vote, and would be elected to represent Southerners in Congress. But it was a period that..
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The folk art of Bill Traylor

Born into slavery around 1853 in rural Alabama, Bill Traylor worked as a sharecropper for nearly five decades after the Civil War and Emancipation. But in his 80s, without work and homeless in..
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Almanac: The ironing board

On May 12, 1874, the prolific African-American inventor Elijah J. McCoy patented an "ironing "table." Jane Pauley reports.
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The Trillion Dollar Question

Morley Safer reports on the growing debate over whether the U.S. government and corporations should pay reparations to African-Americans for their unpaid labor as slaves. Some say the government owes..
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Inside the memorial to victims of lynching

Oprah Winfrey reports on the Alabama memorial dedicated to thousands of African-American men, women and children lynched over a 70-year period following the Civil War.
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Descendant of lynching victim on "the talk"

James Johnson says "the talk" that African-American parents have with their children is tied to the history of lynching.
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A new memorial honors more than 4,000 victims of lynching

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice honors African-American men, women and children who were lynched in 805 U.S. counties
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Fed Chair Powell on the "legacy of slavery"

Why is African-American unemployment nearly double that among whites? The chair of the Federal Reserve has a theory.
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Will Bernie Sanders struggle with African-American voters in 2020?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to launch his presidential campaign in the coming days. In the 2016 Democratic presidential race, Sanders struggled to match the support Hillary Clinton received..
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RNC defends Trump's attacks on Baltimore, Elijah Cummings

As Democratic presidential candidates debate in Detroit, President Trump is keeping up his attacks on Baltimore. Mr. Trump has spent the past few days criticizing the city and Maryland Democratic Rep...
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African American Democrats back Biden and Sanders in primary field

A new CBS News Battleground Tracker finds former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders have the strongest support from African American Democrats in early voting states. Maya King, a..
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Case of school security guard who told student not to use N-word shows respect trumps race

Who am I, a white man, to police the racial language of my African-American students? But, despite the queasy feeling, sometimes the answer is clear.
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Long-serving former Democratic U.S. congressman John Conyers dies at age 90

John Conyers, a liberal Democrat who was the longest-serving African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving for more than half a century, died on Sunday at the age of 90.
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John Conyers Jr., Longest-Serving African-American in Congressional History, Dies at 90

One of the most liberal members of Congress, he resigned after two women accused him of making unwelcome sexual advances.
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Prosecutors want black judge who criticized incarceration rates of African Americans removed

Iberia Parish judge Lori Landry has questioned the large number of black Louisianans incarcerated by the district attorney's office
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Factbox: Trump, Democrats at South Carolina forum on criminal justice reforms

Republican President Donald Trump opened a forum on criminal justice reform in South Carolina on Friday touting his support for sweeping reforms that he hopes will help him pick up more votes among..
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Mourners remember the late U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings' kindness

Mourners lined up early on Thursday to pay their respects to the late Representative Elijah Cummings, a powerful legislator and civil rights activist who became the first African-American to lie in..
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Making Capitol History, Cummings Is Remembered as a ‘Master of the House’

Representative Elijah E. Cummings, who died last week, became the first African-American elected official to lie in state in the Capitol on Thursday.
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Amy Sherald on painting "everyday people"

An exhibition in New York City by the artist whose painting of Michelle Obama became a sensation features portraits of everyday models, and captures the private, inner lives of African Americans...
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Tips to trace your family history beyond DNA tests

Researching your family history can be a daunting task, especially for African Americans. Here are some tips to find more about your genealogy and family history.
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Ben Crump on confronting racial bias and "genocide" of colored people

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump has been called the “African-American family emergency plan.” He’s been by the side of many people seeking justice, including the families of Tamir Rice, Michael..
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African-American Art Quilts Find a Museum Home in California

The collector Eli Leon left almost 3,000 quilts by African-American artists to Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive as a bequest.
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