Among Pro Athletes, Bill Russell Was a Pioneering Activist

Russell marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke out against segregation in Boston public schools and backed Muhammad Ali in his opposition to the Vietnam War.

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Brittney Griner’s Supporters Hold Steady After Guilty Plea

Griner, the W.N.B.A. star, pleaded guilty to drug charges in Russia on Thursday. But her supporters are still determined to fight to bring her home.

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Buffalo Shooting Highlights Rise of Hate Crimes Against Black Americans

The federal data shows a recent spike in assaults, threats and incidents of bias.

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F.D.A. Moves to Ban Sales of Menthol Cigarettes

Public health experts say the proposal could save hundreds of thousands of lives, especially among Black smokers — 85 percent of whom use menthol products.

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Barack Obama: What Trayvon Martin Taught Us, 10 Years Later

Not every killing connects with the culture and activates a mass movement. This one did.

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Prosecutor Challenges Assailant on Whether Arbery Posed a Threat

Before Travis McMichael pointed his gun at Ahmaud Arbery, Mr. Arbery had not yelled at him or brandished a weapon, Mr. McMichael acknowledged under cross-examination.

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Judge Rejects Call for Mistrial in Case Against Men Accused of Killing Arbery

One defense lawyer objected to the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presence in court. Another said jurors looked sympathetically at Ahmaud Arbery’s mother as she sobbed at the sight of her son’s photo.

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Lawyer for Man Accused of Killing Ahmaud Arbery Draws Scrutiny

Kevin Gough argued that the Rev. Al Sharpton’s presence in court was intimidating to the jury. “We don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here,” he said.

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Early Voting Begins in Wide-Open Race for New York Mayor

Voters seem most concerned about quality of life issues and public safety. They are also trying to figure out ranked-choice voting.

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How New Yorkers Marked the Anniversary of George Floyd’s Killing

Demonstrations across the city took on varied tones throughout the day, a mix of frustration, celebration and sadness.

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A Hospital Encounters Vaccine Hesitation: ‘I’m Just Not Rushing’

At Harlem Hospital, about half of the staff that’s eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine has received one, reflecting a wariness in the Black community.

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On King Holiday, New York’s Mayoral Hopefuls Vie for Attention

With the Rev. Al Sharpton playing host in Harlem, the crowded field of Democratic candidates tried to sell themselves and inspire a battered city.

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How the Trump Campaign Is Drawing Obama Out of Retirement

More than three years after his exit, the 44th president of the United States is back on a political battlefield he longed to leave.

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‘I Want to Touch the World’

We remember George Perry Floyd Jr.

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‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’

All that is needed for rebellion against relentless oppression is a spark.

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Protests in Minnesota Renew Scrutiny of Klobuchar’s Record as Prosecutor

Amy Klobuchar, now being considered as a potential vice-presidential candidate, oversaw several cases involving police shootings in Minneapolis during her years as a prosecutor.

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