People Of Color

New London Councilman Curtis Goodwin and Nicole Thomas of the Hempsted Houses with a plaque commemorating Adam Jackson, who was enslaved at the site in the 18th Century.
Harriet Jones

New London’s Black community has a long history in the small Connecticut city, but it’s a history that’s little known and celebrated. Now, New London has unveiled a Black Heritage Trail that the city hopes will shed light on stories of strength, resilience and accomplishment.

Dr. Karockas Watkins of the Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce talks with the local board and staff of BancorpSouth in Hunstville, Alabama in 2020.
Photo courtesy Karockas Watkins

While the military has become more racially diverse, a recent survey found some Black and Hispanic service members don’t always feel welcome off base, in their civilian host communities. Some military communities have now taken steps to promote diversity and inclusion.

Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Walker, President of the Guardians, Suffolk’s fraternal organization for Black police officers
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Despite assurances from officials in Suffolk County that “historic” strides are being made to diversify the Long Island county’s predominantly white police department, police employment records show very little has actually changed in regards to recruitment and promotions.

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Black and Hispanic women make up about 25% of Connecticut's female population but make up over half of women arrested for domestic violence in the state last year. That’s according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey.

Bridgeport Police Department
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The city of Bridgeport said it has hired an outside investigator to look into claims of racism in its police department.