Claudette Hinds sank into a chair outside the ballroom of the Columbia Courtyard hotel on Monday morning, her eyes red from a constant stream of tears.
President Barack Obama on Monday offered a fresh package of aid to small businesses — "the heart of the American economy" — in an aggressive push to get big banks that got federal bailout money to do more lending to these struggling entrepreneurs.
A growing number of states suffered double-digit unemployment rates in January, and others are close behind, buttressing fears that the national jobless rate could hit 10 percent by year's end.
The Supreme Court limited the reach of the Voting Rights Act on Monday, a decision that could make it harder for some minority candidates to win election when voting districts are redrawn.
The government's report Friday of an 8.1 percent unemployment rate equals the jobless number that the Obama administration has projected for the entire year.
African-Americans are more optimistic about their financial outlook next year than the general population is.
Erick Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, and the daughter of former segregationist Alabama governor, George C. Wallace, celebrated the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march Sunday.