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Black History Month 2023

10 meaningful ways to honor Black History Month in 2023

Here are some thoughtful ways you can take action this February.

 | Tricia Goss

Groundhog Club handler A.J. Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil.

The history and traditions behind Groundhog Day

There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil, but as the fandom grows, so does his competition.

 | Scott Withers

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

San Antonio Zoo's advertisement for its "Cry Me A Cockroach Fundraiser."

Zoo will name a cockroach after your ex for Valentine's Day

Last year, the most popular exes were named Jacob and Sarah. Any bets on the names that will take the top spots this year?

 | Brittany Anas

A Groundhog Club handler holds Punxsutawney Phil.

Punxsutawney Phil makes his 2023 Groundhog Day prediction

Since 1887, people have gathered outside Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see Phil make his prediction.

 | Scripps News Staff

Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Steve Dettelbach.

First sweeping federal gun crime report in 20 years released

The report shows 54% of guns that police recovered in crime scenes in 2021 had been purchased within three years — a double-digit increase since 2019.

 | AP

Black History Month flag colors

Why do we celebrate Black History Month in February?

February holds the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln, who issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and Frederick Douglass, who was an activist for equality.

 | Scripps News Staff

A shopper looks through the cosmetic department at a Target store.

Cosmetic product regulation is getting a makeover in the US

The FDA is adding more regulations for cosmetic companies, but dermatologists say more research into ingredient safety is still needed.

 | Lindsey Theis

Bogalusa sign

Family: Police brutality in death of son caught on camera

The family of a Black father in Bogalusa, Louisiana, alleges that a police beating left the 28-year old dead last year.

 | Tammy Estwick

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

Philadelphia Eagles logo

Eagles player indicted on rape, kidnapping charges

Offensive lineman Joshua Sills is accused of holding a person against their will and engaging in sexual activity with that person in Dec. 2019.

 | Scripps News Staff

San Francisco police investigate vehicles at the scene of a two car vehicle crash that left two people dead

Department of Transportation announces $800 million for roadway safety

In 2021, the U.S. hit a 16-year high when 42,915 people died from traffic crashes in the U.S.

 | Daniel Grossman

A man looks through a wall of records.

Mississippi musicians are pushing to reclaim state's music history

Many genres of music have roots that tie back to Mississippi. Now, the music industry in the state is trying to reclaim its history.

 | Jessie Cohen

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

Tyre Nichols

WATCH LIVE - The funeral of Tyre Nichols

Scripps News streams the funeral of Tyre Nichols live from Memphis, Tennessee.

 | Scripps News Staff

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise.

4 key suspects in Haiti presidential slaying in US custody

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was shot 12 times at his private home near the capital of Port-au-Prince on July, 7 2021.

 | AP

An emperor tamarin monkey.

A real zoodunit: Monkeys found but mystery deepens in Dallas

Dallas police said they safely located two emperor tamarin monkeys that had been missing after their enclosure was cut open.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

Tom Brady announces he's retiring … again

"I'm retiring. For good," the 45-year-old quarterback and seven-time Super Bowl champion said in a video posted on social media.

 | Justin Boggs and Scripps News Staff

Tyre Nichols.

VP Kamala Harris to attend Tyre Nichols' funeral

Nichols will be laid to rest three weeks after he died following a beating by Memphis police.

 | Maura Sirianni and Scripps News Staff

Traffic sits at a astandstill along westbound I-20 near Cedar Ridge Drive and Loop 408 in Dallas, Texas.

Winter storm causes 3rd day of dangerous, icy conditions

The storm began Monday as part of an expected "several rounds" of wintry precipitation through Wednesday in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A robot patients lies in a hospital bed.

Meet Hal, a robot helping future nurses treat patients in real time

Nursing students are using artificial intelligence and robots to train for real-life patients' symptoms and concerns.

 | Clayton Sandell

Preston Hemphill and Memphis Assistant Chief of Police Don Crowe

Seven officers disciplined in Tyre Nichols' death

Inaction may not warrant criminal charges in all circumstances, but the Memphis Police manual calls for a 'duty to intervene' by officers.

 | Jamal Andress

A Prada Boutique in the luxury section of the Westfield Mall in Santa Clara

Why are retail thefts on the rise?

It’s organized retail crime — where the thefts are planned, and part of organized rings.

 | Scripps News Staff

Tyre Nichols' stepfather Rodney Wells and mother RowVaugn Wells.

Nichols family to address public for first time since video release

Attorney Ben Crump said the news conference will include other community members who were “victims” of alleged brutality from Memphis Police.

 | Justin Boggs

A case worker supervisor looks over software on a computer

Child welfare algorithm faces Justice Department scrutiny

The Allegheny Family Screening Tool is designed to assess a family’s risk level when they are reported for child welfare concerns.

 | AP

Musician R. Kelly.

Chicago prosecutor dropping R. Kelly sex abuse charges

Kelly is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence for a separate case in New York and won't be eligible for release until he is around 80.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Travelers watch as a plane takes off

Wintry weather scrubs more than 1,000 flights in US

More cancellations are expected in coming days as Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas deal with freezing temperatures and wintry precipitation.

 | AP

Nicole Mann is pictured on the International Space Station.

First Native American woman in space talks to reservation's students

Students on the Flathead Indian Reservation asked Nicole Mann questions as she was aboard the International Space Station.

 | Maritsa Georgiou