Rachel Talbot Ross

The University of Southern Maine has created a new position honoring the state's first African-American legislator. The Talbot Teaching Fellow is named for Gerald Talbot, who served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1972 to 1978. He also worked with the Maine chapter of the NAACP and the State Board of Education.

Office of Gov. Janet Mills

Over the past week, Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law dozens of bills passed by the Maine lawmakers this session. For the two African American members of the Legislature, a pair of bills in particular stand out.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Hate-related behavior, racism and prejudice are all too prevalent in our world, as we saw in the New Zealand shootings. We look at what the climate is like in Maine, and what can be done to address hate, prejudice and discrimination in our state.


Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Nearly 700 people turned out Monday night for the 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration sponsored by the Portland chapter of the NAACP.  The sold-out dinner at the Holiday Inn By the Bay featured music, film clips of Dr. King and speeches, including one from Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

Rachel Talbot Ross

There was more drama and more protests in Washington D.C. Thursday, where hearings continued for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is denying that he once suggested the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion rights is not settled law.

PORTLAND, Maine - A New York grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in connection with the death of a black man who'd been put in a choke hold has sparked protests across the nation - including Maine.