Associated Press/Photo by Rich Pedroncelli

Family speaks out in Sacramento police shooting

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/27/18, 11:26 am

Sequita Thompson, the grandmother of a man killed last week by Sacramento, Calif., police, lamented her loss and called for police reforms Monday. Stephon Clark, 22, was unarmed in Thompson’s backyard on March 18 when police in pursuit of a fleeing vandalism suspect came upon him. Thinking he had a gun, they shot at him 20 times. He had only a cellphone in his possession. Members of the Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics on Sunday wore black warmup shirts with Clark’s name on them before their NBA game in Sacramento.

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Desegregation pioneer Linda Brown has died

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/27/18, 10:47 am

Linda Brown, the child at the center of the 1954 landmark U.S. Supreme Court case to desegregate public schools, died Sunday. She was 75. Her father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll her in a nearby public school in Topeka, Kansas, but was told Linda had to attend a school miles away. The NAACP sued on the family’s behalf, and the case joined with others from Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for a hearing before the high court.

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A tale of two worldviews

Race Issues | How Ta-Nehisi Coates is tearing down what Martin Luther King Jr. built up
by Scott Allen
Posted 2/10/18, 11:01 am

Booker T. Washington died in 1915, and for several decades afterward he was the most-quoted African-American leader. His autobiography, Up From Slavery, is still worth reading. I’ve referred to it 10 times in WORLD Magazine over the years, and we’ve listed it as one of the top 40 books of the 20th century.

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