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Jesse Jackson Introduced as Al Sharpton on MSNBC
MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer has apologized for mixing up civil rights activists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. She made the slip-up Wednesday while introducing Jackson during a segment on homelessness. After the introduction, Jackson stared at the camera from a studio in Burbank, Calif., and said, “I’m Rev. Jesse Jackson.” Brewer explained that her script read that she was to introduce “the Rev. Al Sharpton.” (Continue Reading…)

Woman in West Virginia Torture Case Now Says She Lied
When a black woman told West Virginia authorities in 2007 that seven white people had raped and tortured her over several days in a racially motivated attack, minority rights groups rallied to her support. The Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lawyers for Justice urged prosecutors to pursue hate-crime charges. The lawyers organized a march on her behalf. Sharpton addressed a rally in Charleston and donated $1,000 to Williams’ family as a Christmas gift. More than two years later, Megan Williams, now 22 and living in Columbus, recanted her story on Wednesday, and the groups that supported her stood at arm’s length from the woman whose mother had described her as “slow.” Sharpton has asked a prosecutor to vindicate anyone wrongfully convicted. (Continue Reading…)

Activists Want Maya Angelou Book Removed from School Libraries
It was read aloud Monday night during the Huntington Beach City Council meeting, a scene from a book that depicts the rape of an 8-year-old girl. The excerpt is from the Maya Angelou memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” “I’m not happy to read this, I’m not proud to read this,” said Huntington Beach resident Judy Ahrens. “It’s very uncomfortable to read it, but for the sake of our kids we have to do things that aren’t comfortable for the sake of our kids.” The people who decided to do this in a public forum say they’re upset the book can be found in school libraries in four separate school districts. (Continue Reading…)

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