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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors deliberated less than 90 minutes before returning a guilty verdict Monday at the federal death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student who killed a visiting scholar from China after abducting her at a bus stop as she headed to sign an off-campus apartment lease.

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Marijuana Pepsi's mother told her that her birth name would take her places.

She wasn't wrong.

After a life spent being mocked for having an unusual name, the 46-year-old seized on her experience to earn a Ph.D. in higher education leadership. Her dissertation focused on unusual names, naturally.

As of last week, Marijuana Pepsi is now Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck.

How White Politicians Can Talk About Race

Jun 22, 2019

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Joe Biden's explanation of how he had a collegial working relationship with Southern segregationist Democratic senators highlights the complicated task of talking about race in politics.

Oberlin College President On Bakery Case

Jun 22, 2019

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The voice was soft and scratchy, as if a bit timid in front of the microphone.

"Ae," she said, meaning "yes" in Hawaiian, when asked a question by a male voice. "Ae hanau ia wau i Honoma'ele." ("Yes, I was born in Honoma'ele," she said.)

That voice of an elderly Hawaiian woman was that of my great-grandmother, Martha Kekauililani Kahanu Iwanaga, speaking her native language on a Honolulu radio program more than 40 years ago. The first time I heard the CD recording, it sent chills down my spine.

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Many dangers await migrants who attempt to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. Hundreds die each year, faced with dehydration, hypothermia and drowning. Many more go missing along the route, separated from their group.

Maria Ochoa is part of an organization called the Tucson Samaritans. She helps migrants along the way who are stranded or in danger. She brings them food, water and medical assistance.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law Wednesday a measure granting the Briarwood Presbyterian Church the right to set up its own law enforcement agency to cover its sanctuary, seminary and sprawling school campuses, despite criticism that the measure was unconstitutional.

The protests surrounding New York City's Stonewall Inn, 50 years ago this month, were a seminal moment.

Following the uprising, spurred by police raiding the bar, activist groups began organizing to demand rights.

But the success of that movement in the years that followed saw a powerful backlash from the modern religious right. The two movements became opponents in a culture war that continues today.

Wade In The Water: An Introduction

Jun 20, 2019

Wade in the Water is a 26-part series, originally released in 1994, that celebrates African American sacred music and traditions.. Listen to the episodes on NPR.org and NPR One.

Wade in the Water is a 26-part series, originally released in 1994, that celebrates African American sacred music and traditions. To learn more about the series, click here.

Wade in the Water is a 26-part series, originally released in 1994, that celebrates African American sacred music and traditions. To learn more about the series, click here.

Wade in the Water is a 26-part series, originally released in 1994, that celebrates African American sacred music and traditions. To learn more about the series, click here.

Wade in the Water is a 26-part series, originally released in 1994, that celebrates African American sacred music and traditions. To learn more about the series, click here.

Wade in the Water is a 26-part series, originally released in 1994, that celebrates African American sacred music and traditions. To learn more about the series, click here.

Wade in the Water is a 26-part series, originally released in 1994, that celebrates African American sacred music and traditions. To learn more about the series, click here.

Wade in the Water is a 26-part series, originally released in 1994, that celebrates African American sacred music and traditions. To learn more about the series, click here.

Composers like Harry T. Burleigh, Nathaniel Dett and William Dawson, who applied Western classical music training to the traditional spiritual and created a new repertoire for the concert stage.

Song List

  • Howard University Choir, "Wade in the Water"
  • Florida A&M University Choir, "There is a Balm in Gilead"

The struggle of African Americans seeking careers as professional classical music concert artists, featuring Roland Hayes, Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle and others.

Song List

  • Howard University Choir, "Wade in the Water"
  • Roland Hayes, "I'm So Glad Trouble Don't Last Always"

The prolific composer and teacher who encouraged new talent, created the repertoire and expanded gospel's audience through the largest African American organization: the National Baptist Convention.

Song List

  • Sweet Honey in the Rock, "Wade in the Water"
  • Soul Stirrers, "Jesus Gave Me Water"

The first gospel drama playwright, producer and composer, whose compositions were the first million-record sellers in gospel music.

Song List

  • Golden Gate Quartet, "Wade in the Water"
  • Clara Ward and the Ward Singers, "Surely God is Able"
  • Mahalia Jackson, "Move on Up a Little Higher"

The "father of gospel music," whose efforts led to an innovative performance style and refashioned existing music to reflect experiences of African Americans who migrated to urban communities.

Song List

  • Staple Singers, "Wade in the Water"
  • Donald Vails and the Celebration Delegation, "Highway to Heaven"

The contributions made by composer-musicians Roberta Martin and Kenneth Morris, who continued Thomas Dorsey's work.

Song List

  • Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes, "Wade in the Water"
  • Roberta Martin, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
  • Roberta Martin Singers, "God is Still on the Throne"

Shout songs, drums, clapping, horns and choral chants that fed the evolution of 20th century gospel music.

Song List

  • Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes, "Wade in the Water"
  • Edwin Hawkins, "I'm Encouraged"
  • James Cleveland and Aretha Franklin, "Yes Lord"
  • Bishop Samuel Kelsey, "Heaven is Mine"

The connecting lines between sacred and secular, explored through performances, texts, careers, recordings and the audiences who shared, exchanged and crossed over.

Song List

  • Ramsey Lewis, "Wade in the Water"
  • BeBe and CeCe Winans, "Heaven"
  • Delta Rhythm Boys, "Certainly Lord"

Music without words, an experience of the power of instrumental African American sacred music.

Song List

  • Hue, "Wade in the Water"
  • Edwin Hawkins Singers, "Lift the Savior Up"
  • Harlem United House of Prayer, Brass Band Music
  • Arizona Dranes, "God's Got a Crown"
  • Mahalia Jackson, "Didn't It Rain"

Jazz as sacred music within and beyond the boundaries of the organized African American church.

Song List

  • Eric Reed, "Wade in the Water"
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band, "When the Saints Go Marching In"
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "Red Beans and Rice"

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