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Trump's Government Shutdown Closes MLK Historic Sites

Ebenezer Baptist Church and most of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta are closed. "I feel a bit of sadness...I didn't expect to cry over this," said Bernice King.

Tuesday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and next Monday is our national celebration of the civil rights icon.

But school field trips, celebrations, families' visits to teach children about civil rights and the values of all people being created equally are being canceled due to President Trump's government shutdown.

Thousands of people who flock to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor, and to his home, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., will be disappointed. They are all closed.

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David Steven Bell, a 51-year-old white man at the Asheville Mall in Asheville, N.C., punched a Black girl in the face over the weekend. He was charged Saturday night with assault of a female under the age of 12. He could face up to 450 days in jail, if convicted.

Police spokeswoman Christina Hallingse said that an off-duty officer, who was already at the mall, arrested Bell after the incident.

Bell was released from the Buncombe County jail just after 1 a.m. Sunday, records show. There is no word on what bail was required for his release and when he will appear in court.

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'We Want Transparency, Not Cover-Up": Jesse Jackson Gave Eulogy for Alabama Man Killed by Cops

Following the funeral of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., a press conference on Monday called for justice as forensics revealed he was shot in the back.

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Over 1,000 people were in attendance at Boutwell Memorial Auditorium in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday to mourn Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. and demand justice regarding his police-related death. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. accompanied the family and delivered the eulogy.

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'Hurts Like Crazy': Jemel Roberson's Mother on the Death of Her Son

The choir at his funeral wore black T-shirts with "SECURITY, #Justice For Jemel" printed on front.

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Beatrice Roberson, the mother of Jemel Roberson, a security guard who was shot and killed by Midloathian police after detaining a shooter at a bar, said her son "died doing what he loved," and that the loss "hurts like crazy."

"He was a good person, he had a good heart," she said during his funeral at House of Hope.

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Stacey Abrams Will Not Concede: 'Every Voice Matters'

85,000 votes were suppressed by Brian Kemp; Abrams is holding out to make sure no one gets shut out of being counted.

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In an election where corruption coated democracy, racism threatened freedom, and where Oprah Winfrey felt the need to take her billion-dollar self to the doors of voters, Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is making sure that every single voter's voice is heard.

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Police Get Prison Time for Framing a Black Teen

Judge shuts down requests for more leniency in sentencing: "It would have sent the wrong message to the minority community."

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Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano claimed a perfect rate of solving burglaries, by charging his subordinates with stopping people of color at the "badlands"— the border of the predominantly white suburban city.

Officers Charlie Dayoub, Raul Fernandez, and Guillermo Ravelo complied with their chief's request, and paid the price. FBI investigations uncovered it, and all officers plead guilty. Dayoub and Fernandez thought that by cooperating, they would get leniency.

But U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced them to the maximum: one year in prison for the false arrests.

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Amber Guyger Can't Be Fired During Investigation, Says Dallas Police Chief

Laws say otherwise as the community calls for justice for Botham Jean.

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At a town hall meeting where the community voiced concerns about why Amber Guyger is still employed and receiving pay, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said any further disciplinary action would compromise the ongoing investigation of Botham Jean's death.

Once the department is "assured, an administrative investigation will not impede on the criminal investigation, we will proceed," Hall said.

Justin Moore, a civil right's attorney, said that "Chief Hall might not have been well informed on the law."

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Amazon 'In Denial' Its Facial 'Rekognition' Software is Racially Biased

There's a big problem when Rekognition matches civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis' photo with a mugshot.

Amazon's facial recognition program Rekognition remains under fire for racial bias following the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) testing of the software, which could potentially be used by law enforcement to identify suspects.

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Sessions Wants Blacks ‘in the Back of the Bus,’ Says Congressman

America was "great" before people had civil rights, according to Trump's camp.

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A Democratic lawmaker stands behind his comments that Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III wants to "Make America Great Again" by sending the nation decades back to when people didn't have basic civil rights.

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NAACP Sues Betsy DeVos for Dismissing Civil Rights Complaints

DeVos attempts to further put into silence those that speak out against discrimination.

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The NAACP is suing Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education for their blatant disregard for civil rights.

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The Royal Wedding Ceremony Included the African-American Experience

A sermon on the civil rights movement and slavery in America and the soulful sounds of a gospel choir were important parts of the ceremony.

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The marriage of American actress Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday was anything but the traditional royal protocol for a wedding at Windsor Castle in England. From a sermon by the first Black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States to a soul-stirring gospel choir, it was clear that Markle is taking her African-American heritage with her as she begins a new life as one of Britain's royals.

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We White People Need to Own This

Martin Luther King has been dead for 50 years and Donald Trump is our president. Who is responsible?

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We will be deluged by Martin Luther King articles and columns today. Some will be excellent, like the one Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote. But most will be saccharine sweet and not say what needs to be said.

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