Luke Martin Jr., the son of an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died — 179 years after his father was born. Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in New Bern, North Carolina, said his daughter, Fannie Martin-Williams.
From the moment President Obama began speaking last night at his final State of the Union address, you knew he was a free man. Gone was the stiff formality of the event from years past, replaced by a light-hearted introduction in which he jokingly promised a shorter speech so the presidential candidates in the room could get back to Iowa.
A group of truck-driving men flying Confederate flags reportedly disrupted and began yelling racial slurs at a group of African-Americans holding a children's birthday party this past Saturday afternoon in Douglasville, Georgia. The men told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that the Black group initiated the encounter that ended with police arriving to keep things from escalating.
The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy.