Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open in September 2016. Photograph: Simon Carswell

When the White House said, following the latest mass shooting in the United States, that president Barack Obama believed the Confederate flag “belongs(...)

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof (21) into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof  is accused of killing nine people at a Bible-study meeting in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Jason Miczek/Reuters. 0:56

In the hours after the Charleston shooting, a portrait began to take shape of suspect Dylann Roof as someone with racist views and at least two recent(...)

George Zimmerman appears in court in  2013. Photograph: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Reuters

A gunman has opened fire on a car being driven by George Zimmerman, the Us man acquitted in 2013 of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager that sp(...)

Executive chairman of Madison Square Garden James Dolan (left) with Phil Jackson. Photograph:  Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Shortly before the NBA season began, Phil Jackson announced that the New York Knicks had begun “mindfulness” training to make them better understand a(...)

Demonstrators fill Pennsylvania Avenue as they march towards the US Capitol building during the national Justice For All march against police violence in Washington December 13th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

Two women carried a placard with a picture of their cousin, Darryl Briston, who died of a heart attack in December 2012 after being tasered by police (...)

A protester in Philadelphia during a march on Tuesday after  the decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Photograph: Katherine Taylor/The New York Times

Paul McLemore, the first African-American to become a New Jersey state trooper, was on the streets of Newark in 1967 when riots triggered by a police (...)

A police car burns on the street after a grand jury returned no indictment for police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, late last night.   Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters 1:52

Protesters took to the streets in major cities across the US to demonstrate at the decision of a grand jury not to bring charges against a white Misso(...)

People gather near a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last night. Photograph: Joshua Lott/Reuters

The father of a black teenager who was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month has appealed for calm ahead of h(...)

A death in St Louis
  • US
  • August 14, 2014, 01:01

At 18, Michael Brown had overcome learning difficulties to graduate this month from high school in St Louis, Missouri, and he was about to start at a (...)

Demonstrators march in the street while protesting the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri . Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy and urged a thoughtful response after two nights(...)