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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 typically refers to descendants of enslaved black people who are from the United States.


On This Day 17 September 1983

Vanessa Williams became the first African American to win the title of Miss America. (Sept. 17)
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Biden Has Deep Connection to Black Voters. Will It Translate Into Votes?

The Democratic front-runner leads in the polls among African-Americans, and older black voters admire him. But it’s not “locked down,’’ said one party strategist.
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Videos for African Americans

Protests greet Trump in Baltimore after tweets [Video]Protests greet Trump in Baltimore after tweets

Dozens of protesters gathered in downtown Baltimore on Thursday as President Donald Trump made his first visit to the city since he blasted it as "disgusting" and "rodent-infested" in hotly debated..

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John McCain Congratulated Barack Obama 11 Years Ago [Video]John McCain Congratulated Barack Obama 11 Years Ago

On August 28,2008, Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, released a video congratulating his opponent. He congratulated then-Sen. Barack Obama on winning the Democratic nomination. Obama..

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Eric Garner's daughter thanks NYPD for firing officer [Video]Eric Garner's daughter thanks NYPD for firing officer

Eric Garner's daughter, Emerald Garner, whose father died in a fatal police chokehold in 2014, thanked New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill on Monday for firing accused officer Daniel Pantaleo...

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill To Teach History Of Marginalized Groups [Video]Illinois Governor Signs Bill To Teach History Of Marginalized Groups

Starting 2020, Illinois public school will be required to include LGBTQ history in their curriculums. According to the Huffington Post, Gov. J.B. Pritzer signed House Bill 246 on August 9th, 2019. The..

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Colin Kaepernick Is Ready To Play Football [Video]Colin Kaepernick Is Ready To Play Football

Former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been out of work for more than 800 days. But he says he's never stopped being ready to play football, CNN reports. Kaepernick has not played..

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Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison dead at 88 [Video]Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison dead at 88

Author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel “Beloved” about a runaway slave won a Pulitzer Prize and contributed to a body of work that made her the first black woman to be presented the Nobel Prize in..

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Sole black Rep. in House not seeking re-election [Video]Sole black Rep. in House not seeking re-election

Will Hurd, the only Republican African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Thursday he would not seek re-election next year. Eve Johnson reports.

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Cory Booker turns the heat up on Biden after debate [Video]Cory Booker turns the heat up on Biden after debate

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker clashed with former vice president Joe Biden over criminal justice reform during the second round of Democratic debates in Detroit, Michigan. Rough cut - no reporter..

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Trump claims black support; polls show otherwise [Video]Trump claims black support; polls show otherwise

A black protester interrupted Donald Trump in Virginia, after the president claimed he was hearing praise from African-Americans over his racially-charged comments about the city of Baltimore. Zachary..

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Donald Trump: I'm the least racist person there is [Video]Donald Trump: I'm the least racist person there is

President Donald Trump says he's "the least racist person there is," as he doubles down on his criticism of Rep. Elijah Cummings and the Baltimore community he serves. "I've done for African-Americans..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:50Published

Trump's Baltimore tweets 'unacceptable': mayor [Video]Trump's Baltimore tweets 'unacceptable': mayor

Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young slammed President Trump's tweets about his city and Rep. Elijah Cummings, calling the comments "completely unacceptable." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Trump tells black lawmaker to clean 'disgusting' district [Video]Trump tells black lawmaker to clean 'disgusting' district

President Donald Trump hit out at a prominent African-American lawmaker on Saturday, saying he should concentrate on cleaning up his “disgusting, rat and rodent infested” Baltimore district rather..

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Trump To Black Critic: Clean Up 'Disgusting, Rodent Infested' District [Video]Trump To Black Critic: Clean Up 'Disgusting, Rodent Infested' District

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump hit out at a prominent African-American critic on Saturday, calling him a “brutal bully” who should concentrate on cleaning up his “disgusting, rat..

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Rep. Omar calls Supreme Court asylum decision "legally and morally wrong"

Lawmaker says the high court has made unjust rulings throughout American history, including ones that sanctioned racial segregation and decreed that African Americans were not U.S. citizens
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Restoring Black Cowboys to the Range

At the Black Cowboy Museum in a storefront near Houston, one man celebrates the lives of African-Americans in the West’s most iconic role.
NYTimes.com - Published

Center and left-wing Democrats face off in third debate

In the third Democratic presidential debate, the ten candidates showed a clear divide between the party's political center and its left wing. It was the first time all the top Democrats in the race..
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California businessman who Donald Trump dubbed 'my African American' leaves GOP

California businessmen Gregory Cheadle decided to change his party registration from Republican to independent about a month ago.
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Inside the largest African-American gun group: "I'm not goin' down without a fight"

Democrats are working to advance gun bills in Congress in an effort to pressure Republicans and the White House in the wake of several deadly mass shootings. The country's largest and best known gun..
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Non-profit group backed by NFL, Roc Nation questioned over dreadlock cutting

Founder of Chicago charity that received $200,000 as part of NFL kickoff event was seen in photos cutting dreadlocks of African-American youths.
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Archery teacher aims at increasing diversity in the sport

He trained Dallas Jones, the first African American in history to win a U.S. national archery tournament
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Notre Dame African-American mascot responds to racist social media criticism

Samuel Jackson, Notre Dame's new leprechaun mascot, took to Twitter to answer social media criticism, hoping to use "negative energy" in good way.
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Charleston mass shooting victims can sue U.S. over gun purchase: court

Survivors of a 2015 mass shooting at a South Carolina church can sue the U.S. government over its alleged negligence in allowing Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used to kill nine African-Americans, a..
Reuters - Published

Thanks to children's letters, USTA finally honors Althea Gibson with statue

Classmates from Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington wrote letters asking for first African-American player to compete at U.S. Open to be honored.
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Red Summer 1919: Tree memorializing black Americans killed in Elaine, Arkansas, cut down

A tree memorializing the African American lives lost in a 1919 massacre in Elaine, Arkansas, was chopped down this week in a possible hate crime.
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An African American mother and daughter journey to their family's past in Ghana

Halfway across the Atlantic Ocean, the plane carrying Tani Sanchez and her daughter Tani Sylvester on a heritage tour to Ghana crossed paths with a powerful storm.
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Are Democrats doing enough to win the votes of black millennials?

In the 2016 presidential election, millennial turnout increased for nearly every racial group -- except for black millennials. Arisha Hatch, managing director of campaigns at the racial justice group..
CBS News - Published

New York Times' "1619 Project" explores legacy of slavery in America

The New York Times' "1619 Project" marks 400 years since the first African slaves were brought to the U.S. and explores the continuing impact on the nation today. City College of New York professor..
CBS News - Published

Black housekeeper not allowed to clean church because priest's dog 'doesn't like black people'

Collierville priest Jacek Kowal had said that he opposed the characterization of his actions as racist, but his dog is aggressive toward African Americans.
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White New York police officer fired for deadly chokehold of Eric Garner

The New York Police Department on Monday fired the white officer who used a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner, an African American, while trying to arrest him in 2014 as Garner repeatedly said "I can't..
Reuters - Published

Woman sues for gun ban in Kroger grocery stores after father's murder

The daughter of a man killed by a gunman targeting African Americans in a Kentucky supermarket is speaking out about her legal fight to change the store's gun policy. A gunman last October killed two..
CBS News - Published

We asked four black businesswomen how they got their start. Here's what they said.

In a city not well-known for African American entrepreneurship, these four black businesswomen have blazed their own trails to success.
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African Americans underserved by U.S. banks: study

Many African Americans have difficulty accumulating savings in part because they lack access to mainstream financial services like banking, a new study on the contributing factors to the U.S. racial..
Reuters - Published

Student Wins $725,000 in Lawsuit Over ‘Troll Storm’ Led by The Daily Stormer

The first African-American female student body president of American University was targeted by the neo-Nazi website.
NYTimes.com - Published

Man pleads guilty to burning crosses in black neighborhood

Graham Williamson admitted he and another man burned the cross to frighten and intimidate African American residents in Seminary, Mississippi, in October 2017
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Vogue Beyoncé Portrait Heading to Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Tyler Mitchell, the first African-American photographer and one of the youngest to shoot a cover for Vogue, announced the news on Tuesday.
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Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88

Ms. Morrison, who wrote “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon,” was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel in Literature.
NYTimes.com - Published

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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Trump Fuels Racial Disharmony. Will It Motivate or Discourage Black Voters?

Democratic leaders say African-Americans are deeply engaged in this election, but President Trump is also targeting them with Facebook ads. How they react may well determine his future.
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House sees wave of Republican retirements, DCCC experiences staffing shakeup

Rep. Will Hurd, the only African American Republican in the House of Representatives, says he's done with Congress. Danny Weiss, the former chief of staff to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a senior..
CBS News - Published

State Department’s Top Policy Planner Forced Out

Kiron Skinner, the highest-ranking African-American woman in the department, oversaw a unit trying to develop a long-term strategy addressing China’s rise.
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Rep. Will Hurd of Texas becomes 6th Republican to announce retirement in 2 weeks

Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, the only African American Republican in the House, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election. Hurd narrowly won reelection in 2018 in Texas' 23rd district.
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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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Counselor reportedly flagged student's fake credentials year before admissions scandal broke

A guidance counselor questioned three universities who offered a spot to a student they believed was an "African-American tennis whiz." The student was white
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Virginia’s Black Lawmakers to Boycott Trump at Jamestown Ceremony

African-American legislators said they will not attend his speech commemorating the 400th anniversary of representative democracy in America.
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Feud escalates between Trump and Rep. Cummings

A feud between President Trump and one of the most prominent African-Americans in Congress, Rep. Elijah Cummings, comes just two weeks after the president attacked four congresswomen of color. Mr...
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Trump rejects racism charge, throws it at black lawmaker

President Donald Trump on Sunday said disparaging comments he made about a prominent African-American lawmaker and his Baltimore district were not racist and, without citing any evidence for his claim,..
Reuters - Published

Trump's comments on black lawmaker hyperbole, not racism: top aide

President Donald Trump was speaking hyperbolically when he lashed out at a prominent African-American lawmaker by calling his district "disgusting, rat and rodent infested," his acting chief of staff..
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'Better to have a few rats than to be one': Baltimore Sun responds to Trump insults of its city

"Trump sees attacking African American members of Congress as good politics," The Baltimore Sun's editorial board wrote.
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Trump under fire after lashing out at Elijah Cummings

President Trump is under fire after an attack on another prominent African American member of Congress. This time, the president lashed out at House Democrat Elijah Cummings. It's the latest in a..
CBS News - Published

Winning bid for Ebony and Jet magazine photo archives comes in at $30 million

Four million images that are considered to be the most valuable documentation of 20th century African American history will soon have a new home. The winning bid for the images, which were taken for..
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Biden fires back at Harris and Booker after being criticized over race

Former Vice President Joe Biden is going on the offensive after being criticized by the two leading African American candidates in the Democratic primary, Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. CBSN's..
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Bette Midler calls African American Trump supporters 'blackground,' is slammed as 'racist'

Bette Midler is facing backlash after suggesting that President Donald Trump paid African American supporters to add "blackground" to his rally.
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Pete Buttigieg courts black church leaders in Bible Belt

CBS News spoke with black pastors in South Carolina about the challenges Buttigieg faces in wooing African-American voters in the South
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Man who threatened to bomb Harvard ceremony for black students faces sentencing

An Arizona man faces sentencing on Wednesday after admitting he made online threats to bomb Harvard University and shoot students at its first commencement ceremony for African-Americans, saying he..
Reuters - Published

Here Are the 18 African-American Astronauts

It was 22 years after Alan Shepard’s first space trip that the U.S. sent a person of color up.
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Ebony Memories: A Photo Treasury

The most significant collection of photographs depicting African-American life in the 20th century is being auctioned. Historians fear the archive could end up hidden away.
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Death of African American history museum founder ruled a homicide

An autopsy determined that Sadie Roberts-Joseph died of "traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation"
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Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, Baton Rouge Community Leader, Is Found Dead in Homicide

She founded the city’s African-American history museum. The police called her death “a heinous act.”
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Body of beloved civil rights leader found in trunk of car

Louisiana police are investigating the mysterious death of a beloved civil rights activist in Baton Rouge's African American community. The body of 75-year-old Sadie Roberts-Joseph was found in the..
CBS News - Published

"Uncle Nearest" honors slave who taught Jack Daniel to make whiskey

Nathan "Nearest" Green was the first African American master distiller in the country
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