Muslims join to demand police reforms, back black-led groups
(AP) — Dozens of American Muslim organizations have called for reforms including prohibiting racial profiling and maneuvers that restrict the flow of blood or oxygen to the brain.
Poll: We like our red-white-and-blue patriotism — mostly
(RNS) Americans’ patriotic fervor is tempered by race and religion, a new survey finds.
She’s black, gay and soon you can call her ‘rabbi’
(RNS) Sandra Lawson was a personal trainer and religious about nothing but fitness. Now she’s religious about Judaism.
A young Jewish woman, raised as white, learns she’s not
(RNS) Lacey Schwartz didn’t know she was a Jew of color until she uncovered a family secret.
‘Noah’ blockbuster has almost everything going for it, except diversity
(RNS) Biblical epics, such as the 1956 classic “The 10 Commandments,” featured white actors playing Moses and Pharaoh. That hasn’t changed.
Southern Baptists push for more black missionaries
(RNS) Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter’s recent overseas missions trip is being hailed by black and white Southern Baptists as a catalyst to change a long-present reality: very small numbers of black missionaries.
35 years later, some black Mormons see lingering prejudice
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) 35 years after Mormons allowed blacks to join the priesthood, some black Mormons say prejudice continues to fester within Mormonism because members are uncomfortable talking about it.
New poll examines minorities’ views on social issues
(RNS) Compared to Hispanic Americans, black Americans are far more likely to believe abortion should be legal in most circumstances, even when they personally reject the procedure as immoral. By Lauren Markoe.
NAACP urges black churches to address AIDS epidemic
(RNS) The NAACP has mounted a campaign calling on black churches to address HIV/AIDS after researchers learned these myths circulate among their pews and pulpits. By Adelle M. Banks.
Leontine T.C. Kelly, pioneering African-American woman bishop, dies at 92
(RNS) Retired United Methodist Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly, the first African-American woman elected to the episcopacy by a major religious denomination, died Thursday (June 28). The teacher, pastoral leader and activist was considered a pioneer for her ministry of more than two decades. She was 92. By B. Denise Hawkins.