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Texaco settles a racial discrimination suit for $176 million. The case was initially filed by six African American Texaco employees who charged they had been denied promotion and pay increases because of their race; it later grew to cover 1,400 employees.

NPR Learn More: Texaco Suit
From All Things Considered

PBS Learn More: Issues of Race
From The Online NewsHour

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Amid growing racial tension in the South, nearly 40 primarily African American churches are burned there.

NPR Learn More: After a Church Burns
From All Things Considered

PBS Learn More: Forgotten Fires
From Independent Television Service

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Basketball star Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls win their fifth NBA championship.

NPR Learn More: Michael Jordan, Icon
From Morning Edition

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Haitian immigrant Abner Louima is beaten and sodomized with a broomstick by officers while in New York City Police Department custody, causing a national outcry. In 2002, a federal court will overturn the conviction of the three NYPD officers.

NPR Learn More: Louima Case
From The Tavis Smiley Show

PBS Learn More: Convictions in NYC Police Torture Case Overturned
From The Online NewsHour

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A California court upholds the constitutionality of Proposition 209, which outlaws state affirmative action programs.

NPR Learn More: Proposition 209
From Talk of the Nation

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Tiger Woods becomes the first African American to win the Masters tournament, as well as the youngest golfer ever to do so.

NPR Learn More: Tiger Woods
From All Things Considered

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DNA evidence reveals that Thomas Jefferson probably fathered a child with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves.

NPR Learn More: Bebe Moore Campbell on Sally Hemings
From Morning Edition

PBS Learn More: Thomas Jefferson's Legacy
From The Online NewsHour

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J.C. Watts, a Congressman from Oklahoma, becomes the first African American to be elected to a position of leadership in the Republican Party.

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Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African American man, is mistakenly shot and killed by four white policemen in New York City, raising a national furor.

NPR Learn More: Diallo Case
From All Things Considered

PBS Learn More: After the Verdict
From The Online NewsHour

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A group of African American farmers wins a suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for discriminating against them in giving out loans and subsidies.

NPR Learn More: Government Settles with African-American Farmers
From Morning Edition

PBS Learn More: Homecoming
A chronicle of African American land loss

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After a massive protest rally and NAACP boycott, the governor of South Carolina has a Confederate flag on top of the statehouse dome moved to a less conspicuous place.

NPR Learn More: Confederate Flag Debate
From Morning Edition

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Venus Williams wins the singles title at Wimbledon, becoming the first African American woman to do so since Althea Gibson in 1958.

NPR Learn More: Venus Wins
From Weekend All Things Considered

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In the largest settlement ever in a U.S. racial discrimination suit, the Coca-Cola Company agrees to pay out $192.5 million to roughly 2,000 African American employees.

NPR Learn More: Discrimination Lawsuit
From Morning Edition

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General Colin L. Powell is appointed Secretary of State by President George W. Bush.

NPR Learn More: Powell Hearings
From All Things Considered

PBS Learn More: Newsmaker: Colin Powell
From The Online NewsHour

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Halle Berry becomes the first African American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, for her performance in Monster's Ball.

NPR Learn More: Interview with Halle Berry
From The Tavis Smiley Show

PBS Learn More: Making History
From The Online NewsHour

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The Slavery Reparations Coordinating Committee, led by prominent African American lawyers and activists, announces plans to sue companies that profited from slavery.

NPR Learn More: Debate on Reparations
From Morning Edition



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