African-Americans in the South are shunning city life for the suburbs at
the highest levels in decades, rapidly integrating large metropolitan
areas that were historically divided between inner-city blacks and
Among the kids at the Promise Academy and around the country, Walter
Dean Myers is a must-read whose books have sold millions of copies and
have a special appeal for the toughest of people to reach, boys. He is
able, like few writers, to relate to his readers as they live today.
Twenty years after the videotaped Rodney King beating exposed racial
wounds and ignited passions that eventually sparked a devastating riot,
Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday he's confident a similar police
beating couldn't happen again.