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Comic Jessica Williams On 'The Daily Show' And Learning To 'Never Be Average'

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:10:00 -0400

Williams joined The Daily Show when she was 22. She says, "I was younger and I was black and I was a woman, so ... I'm like, I have something to prove." She now stars in The Incredible Jessica James.

Nashville's Police Department Makes Diversifying A Priority

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:40:00 -0400

The department, which is 85 percent white, is offering minority high school boys an inside look. It's hoped the boys will consider law enforcement or at least come away with respect for police work.

When A Historically Black University's Neighborhood Turns White

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The area around Howard University was once working-class and black. As more nonblack residents move in and property values rise, the D.C. university is taking advantage of the hot real estate market.

Scars Still Run Deep In Motor City 50 Years After Detroit Riots

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:51:00 -0400

Detroit police raided an illegal after-hours club when a brick was thrown and the city ignited into five days of rioting. Many African-Americans see it as rebellion against decades of harassment.

Derrick Johnson Named NAACP's Interim Leader

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

The NAACP is holding its national convention in Baltimore to chart a new direction for the civil rights organization. Over the weekend, Derrick Johnson was named interim CEO.

'Going There': 3 Prominent Detroit Natives Reflect On The 1967 Riot

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:16:00 -0400

In 1967, more than 150 riots erupted across the country. But one in particular seemed to consume the national conversation: Detroit. Three prominent Detroit figures share their stories from that time.

Barbershop: The Ghosts Of Detroit's Past

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:22:08 -0400

Journalists Lester Graham and Rochelle Riley, along with Detroit's chief storyteller Aaron Foley, join host Michel Martin to break down the story of Detroit's renewal, decades after the 1967 uprising.

Before 'The Blind Pig' Raid, What Sparked The Detroit Uprising

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:22:08 -0400

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Congressman John Conyers Jr. about his role in the 1967 Detroit Uprising, and what its legacy on the city is today.

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Revisits An American Tragedy: The Algiers Motel Incident

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:22:08 -0400

During the Detroit riots, three young black men were killed by white police officers at the Algiers Motel. The year was 1967, but Bigelow says, "It feels very much like it's today."

Detroit Postcard: Empty Promises Post Rebellion

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:22:00 -0400

Pat Watts of Detroit was 16 years old during the uprising of 1967. She reflects on the fears she felt at that time. What started as a rebellion for equality became unfulfilled promises by leaders.

In Detroit, A Colorful Mural Stands As A Reminder Of The City's 'Segregation Wall'

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:22:00 -0400

Detroit's Birwood Wall is now decorated with murals — children playing, Detroit Tigers, people of all races living in harmony. But when this wall was built in the 1940s, integration was not the goal.

After Supreme Court Decision, People Race To Trademark Racially Offensive Words

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:00 -0400

Racially offensive trademark applications are piling up at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Supreme Court decided last month the federal government couldn't ban trademarks simply because they're disparaging. NPR's Planet Money team talks to some of the people trying to trademark racial slurs.

The Largest U.S. Latino Advocacy Group Changes Its Name, Sparking Debate

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:01:00 -0400

The National Council of La Raza renamed itself UnidosUS this month, causing a rift in the U.S. Latino community. Some see it as shedding a dated name, but others see it as leaving a legacy behind.

The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:00:02 -0400

The state isn't the biggest producer of the pink-orange fruit. So why are Georgia peaches so iconic? The answer has a lot to do with slavery — its end and a need for the South to rebrand itself.

A Century After Its Founding, NAACP Strives To Stay Relevant

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:40:00 -0400

In the age of Black Lives Matter, some young activists have been questioning whether the nation's oldest civil rights group still has significance. The NAACP is meeting in Baltimore, Md.