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Slave life’s harsh realities are erased in Christmas tours of Southern plantations

By Robert E. May, Purdue University This holiday season, many Americans will tour historic mansions in the Southern United States that are beautifully decked out...

Homer Plessy, key to ‘separate but equal,’ on road to pardon

By Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press A Louisiana board on Friday voted to pardon Homer Plessy, whose decision to sit in a “whites-only" railroad car to...

Met Returns With 1st Work By A Black Composer In Its History

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press "We bend, we don't break. We sway!" sings the chorus in the second act of Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up...

Louisiana State Trooper Charged in Pummeling of Black Man

By Jake Bleiberg and Jim Mustian, Associated Press A former Louisiana State Police trooper has been charged with a civil rights violation for pummeling a...

Oldest US Veteran of WWII Celebrates His 112th Birthday

Associated Press A Louisiana man who is the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States has marked his 112th birthday. Lawrence Brooks celebrated...