Race in America

A Breonna Taylor memorial in Louisville, Ky.

DOJ's Louisville policing probe confirms what Scripps News found there

The DOJ's probe into policing in Louisville, Ky. confirms much of what Scripps News and KyCIR reporters found in their own investigation last year.

 | Carrie Cochran and Karen Rodriguez

State Rep. Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, stands alongside a mural honoring civil rights legends

Mississippi's first Black woman in legislature is retiring

Alyce Clarke has been a champion for women and children in Mississippi for 40 years.

 | Tammy Estwick

Members of Minorities In Shark Sciences take data on a shark

Young scientists working to diversify marine biology field

Minorities in Shark Sciences, or MISS, aims to diversify STEAM fields by providing opportunities to learn about marine biology.

 | Chris Conte

Halle Bailey

Halle Bailey shares reaction to new 'Little Mermaid' doll in her image

Ariel, played by Halle Bailey, is reimagined for representation in Disney's latest live-action remake of a classic.

 | Bridget Sharkey

An Alabama state trooper swings a club at John Lewis.

Reflecting on Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ 58 years later

The images and video from "Bloody Sunday" swept the nation and served as a turning point in the civil rights movement.

 | Alexa Liacko

Police lights

Fired Memphis EMT says police impeded Tyre Nichols' care

The EMT said officers said loudly that the patient was not going anywhere and that they wouldn't uncuff him, impeding patient care.

 | AP

Fisk University gymnastics team

Women make history as first gymnastics team at HBCU

A conversation between a young gymnast and her uncle led to the creation of Fisk University's gymnastics team.

 | Elizabeth Ruiz

A rain barrel collects water

Combating climate change impacts in New Orleans' minority communities

Some of New Orleans' most underserved residents are addressing ways to combat climate change impacts in their communities.

 | Jade Merritt

Artwork created by a Black artist

Black artists hope to inspire more in the industry

A recent report shows Black artists made up only about 6% of major museum exhibitions between 2008 and 2021.

 | Tomas Hoppough

A praise house in the former town of Mitchelville

Efforts underway to honor first town run by formerly enslaved people

There's a plan in the works to create a center that showcases the history of the South Carolina town formerly known as Mitchelville.

 | Maya Rodriguez

Actor and rapper Will Smith poses on set of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

The legacy of Black family sitcoms

TV shows about Black families have influenced demand for similar projects and have helped spark conversations about prejudice, identity and class.

 | Casey Mendoza

A midwife measures the stomach of a pregnant woman.

Doulas, midwives are helping Black women in their birthing experiences

The centuries-old tradition of using a doula or midwife is now making a resurgence following years of negative maternal outcomes for Black women.

 | Amber Strong

Two dolls are shown.

How toy designers are improving diversity in dolls through hair

Making Black hair more visible in society is the first step in ending its scrutiny, and some designers are trying to foster that in dolls.

 | Amber Strong


The correlation between integration, successful Black-owned businesses

Port St. Lucie, Florida isn't just one of the most racially integrated cities in the country, it is also one of the most successful cities in America.

 | Matt Pearl

A "Sold" sign decorates the lawn of a home.

Homeownership gap between White and Black families is at all-time high

Black homebuyers face larger issues when it comes to credit scores and a lack of generational help that would assist in a downpayment.

 | Axel Turcios

An Aunt Jemima photo is shown.

A look inside a museum teaching history with racist memorabilia

The Jim Crow Museum at Michigan's Ferris State University doesn't shy away from racist history; it presents it openly in hopes of educating visitors.

 | Chris Stewart

Ben Crump and Sonya Williams speak at a press conference.

Calls grow for Raleigh officers to be charged in arrest-related death

Darryl Tyree Williams died after a traffic arrest in which he was tased, and it's shedding light on the harsh use of the device.

 | Jamal Andress

President Joe Biden

President Biden takes new steps to address racial inequality

The president signed an executive order requiring annual reviews of disparities in government services.

 | AP

Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, surrounded by caution tape after a shooting.

White supremacist gets life sentence for Buffalo supermarket massacre

The sentencing hearing was disrupted briefly when he was charged by a man in the audience, who was quickly restrained.

 | AP

The Lorraine Motel is shown.

How Memphis' Lorraine Motel became a mainstay in Black history

The Lorraine Motel is full of African American history, including that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and now it's a beacon in the Memphis community.

 | Tammy Estwick

A woman painting on a canvas

How we can reflect on Black History Month's theme of resistance

Art is a powerful medium for any message, and for Black artists, it's been a way to document history and what's needed for future change.

 | Vanessa Misciagna

In this image from video by the city of Memphis, Tenn., Tyre Nichols lies on the ground during a brutal attack.

Tyre Nichols documents: Officer never explained stop to him

Emerging reports say the officers who pulled Tyre Nichols from his car never told him why he was being stopped.

 | AP

RowVaughn Wells and her husband Rodney attend the State of the Union address

After State of the Union, Tyre Nichols' family pushes accountability

Just after attending the State of the Union address, Tyre Nichols' parents talked to Scripps News about their experience and hopes for the future.

 | Scripps News Staff

People carry a painting of jailed American Indian Leonard Peltier during a march.

Advocates still urging U.S. to release Native activist Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier left a legacy on Indigenous activism, but pushes for his release from jail have been overlooked by multiple presidencies.

 | Scripps News Staff

Sen. Cory Booker.

Democrats introduce bills intended to bolster Black history education

Advocates for the legislation said it would invest $10 million over five years in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

 | Scripps News Staff

Different crayons in a variety of skin colors

This young author is on a mission to make crayons more diverse

In 2020, Bellen Woodard rolled out More Than Peach crayons, which feature a variety of skin tones.

 | Chris Conte

Flanked by Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and her husband Rodney Wells, RowVaughn Wells speaks

Mourners call for police reform at Tyre Nichols' funeral

Tyre Nichols' memorial brought a civil rights message and renewed calls to action against police killings of black people.

 | Jamal Andress

Sidney Keys III with his mother.

17-year-old founder of a reading club for Black boys becomes an author

Sidney Keys III started Books N Bros, a monthly book box subscription with online and in-person meetups, when he was just 10.

 | Anna Weaver

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis pushes ban on diversity programs in state colleges

It's the Republican's latest step onto the front lines of the nation's culture wars as he considers a 2024 bid for the White House.

 | AP

Dorothy Height, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mae Jemison

10 trailblazing women of Black history you should know

From Gwendolyn Brooks to Bessie Coleman, here's a look at 10 Black women who made major strides throughout U.S. history.

 | Simplemost and Anna Weaver