WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 African-American candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama's historic presidency.
At least 83 African-American Republicans and Democrats are running for the U.S. House, an all-time high for the modern era, according to political scientist David Bositis, who has tracked African-American politicians for years. They include Mia Love in Utah, who is trying to become the first African-American Republican woman to be elected to Congress.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Rev. Juan McFarland is described as a man of “passion, prayer and purpose” in a three-paragraph summary on the website of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. The site concludes by saying such an overview “does not begin to tell his story.”
Parishioners realized just how true that was in recent weeks, when McFarland dropped the bombshells: He had had affairs with several women in the parish — inside the church — but neglected to tell them he had AIDS.
Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to publicly announce his resignation on Thursday, folloowing his highly controversial five-and-a-half-year stint in the position, NPR reports.
Two sources confirmed that Holder, who is the first black U.S. attorney general, will step down from leading the Justice Department the minute his replacement is confirmed. However, that process could run through the remainder of this year and into the next, NPR notes.
People protesting against police misconduct in Ferguson, Mo., continued to capture headlines Monday, especially with one of the nation's most famous public intellectuals, Cornel West, being among those arrested in front of a local police station.
According to a New York Times report, West told the police officers who were keeping demonstrators from entering the police station that he was there to support the youth.