A Ku Klux Klan member takes part in a Klan demonstration at the state house building on July 18th, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Members of the Ku Klux Klan marched on the South Carolina state house on Saturday to protest its removal of the slavery-era Confederate flag, drawing (...)

William J. Maxwell: ‘Poring over novels, stories, essays, poems, and plays as well as political commentary and intercepted correspondence, the FBI acted as a kind of half-buried readers’ bureau with aboveground effects on the making of black art.’

The official and respectable inspiration behind my new book, F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, involv(...)

Ali Delan  joins a capacity crowd that spilled outside at the Greater Grace Church during a rally for Michael Brown (18), the unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer last week. Photograph: Whitney Curtis/The New York Times

The scattered clashes and violence had flared on the first morning of a curfew in this troubled city. But as Sunday drew on, pastors, the police an(...)

Last year Justin Bieber upset young fans by appearing on stage late at a UK gig, meaning many had to leave just moments after he took to the stage. Photograph: AP

Justin Bieber has apologised for a second time for using racist language after claims he used the N-word in a video and joked about joining the Ku Klu(...)

A man wears a “wearable England flag” made by Asda, as the supermarket defended the flag after claims it resembles a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Photograph: Carmel Wilkinson/PA Wire

Supermarket Asda has defended a “wearable England flag” it has launched for the World Cup after claims it resembles a Ku Klux Klan outfit. The #3 St G(...)

Robert Byrd of West Virginia was the longest-serving member of Congress, and one of the most munificent in diverting funds to his home state

In downtown Charleston, West Virginia’s state capital, there is a colossal building that Pierre L’Enfant himself would have been proud to see on one o(...)

Singer Bob Dylan performing in 2011. Photograph: Reuters

Singer Bob Dylan is being investigated in France with inciting hatred over a 2012 interview in which he compared Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux K(...)

Sarah Collins Rudolph: having suffered injury and lost her sister in the bombing, she opposes a medal-awarding ceremony for the victims. Photograph: Verna Gates

A woman who survived a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed her sister and three other black girls in one of most heinous crimes of the civi(...)

US president Barack Obama and vice-president Joe Biden shake hands on arriving at a reception for Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the White House this week. Photograph: Mike Theiler/via Bloomberg

President Barack Obama remarked at the festivities during Enda Kenny ’s visit to Washington DC this week that only a new pope could keep his Ca(...)