Library named after Charleston shooting victim is vandalized with slurs

(CNN)Someone has been spray-painting profanity and racial slurs on buildings in Charleston — including a library named after a woman that Dylan Roof killed during his attack on a black church. When staffers showed up to work at the Cynthia Hurd Library on Monday morning, they found racial slurs painted on the building and the […]

African-American gun club says membership surged in Trump era

(CNN)More African-Americans appear to be taking an active interest in their right to bear arms since the election of President Donald Trump, gun club leaders and firearm sellers say. A national African-American gun club has doubled its membership since Election Day, and gun sellers say they’ve noticed more black customers buying firearms. At Stoddard’s Range […]

Victoria’s Secret apologizes to customer who says she was racially profiled

(CNN)Victoria’s Secret has apologized to a woman who posted a widely viewed video on Facebook saying she was kicked out of an Alabama store because she is black. Kimberly Houzah says she and another black woman were told to leave the store by someone she thought was a manager. The lingerie giant said the employee […]

They did the math: How NASA’s black mathematicians multiplied success

(CNN)By the time NASA was preparing to send John Glenn to space for the historic Mercury-Atlas 6 mission computers were used to calculate launch conditions. It wasn’t long before then that the space agency and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, used “computers in skirts” to do all the number-crunching. That’s right: humans, […]

Baltimore County police withhold name of cop who shot woman in standoff

(CNN)The name of the Baltimore County police officer who fatally shot Korryn Shandawn Gaines is being withheld, police Chief Jim Johnson said in a statement, citing what he described as an “unprecedented number of threats” against cops. Johnson said Thursday that, despite a department policy calling for the release of the name 48 hours after […]

Prosecutors close books on ‘Mississippi Burning’ case

(CNN)Federal and Mississippi authorities closed the books on one of the most notorious cases of the civil rights era Monday, saying no viable prosecutions remain in the half-century-old investigation. The decision means that no other suspects in the “Freedom Summer” murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in 1964 will be prosecuted. The […]