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January

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes to make New York state’s public colleges tuition-free. Students whose families earn $125,000 or less would pay nothing for tuition at two- and four-year public colleges under the plan. Superstar Janet Jackson gives birth to her first child. The United States Intelligence Community releases a declassified version of its investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The NAACP stages a sit-in at the office of then-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions to protest his selection as U.S. attorney general by President-elect Donald Trump. Congress of Racial Equality leader Roy Innis dies at 82. More than 100 people are injured when a Long Island Railroad train goes through a bumper block and ran off the track at Atlantic Terminal Station in Brooklyn. Omarosa Manigault joins President-elect Trump’s White House team in a role focusing on public engagement. She previously served as the coordinator for African-American outreach during his campaign. A strong snowstorm blows through New York City, leaving behind nearly a foot of snow. Ahead of President-elect Trump’s inauguration, the National Action Network, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, joins forces with national partners for a march in Washington, D.C. on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Five people are shot dead and eight are wounded in the baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Florida. Michelle Obama delivers her final speech as first lady at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event in the East Room of the White House. At the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, several Black entertainers and productions featuring Black entertainers are top winners, including Viola Davis in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in the film “Fences,” FX comedy series “Atlanta,” for Best Musical or Comedy TV Series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” for Best Miniseries or TV Film and “Moonlight” for Best Picture, Drama. Jurors give the death sentence to Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine people in a 2015 massacre at a historically Black Charleston, S.C. church. Barack Obama delivers his farewell address as U.S. president in Chicago. Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond is selected to lead the Congressional Black Caucus. Former Black Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, is confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Justice Department finds that the Chicago Police Department regularly violated citizens’ civil rights by using excessive force toward African-Americans and Latinos. Late rapper Tupac Shakur is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ilhan Omar makes history as the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States when she’s sworn into the Minnesota House of Representatives. Sociologist, educator and civil rights activist Cyril DeGrasse Tyson dies at 89. In his final days in office, President Obama designates three civil rights sites as national monuments: A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, The Freedom Riders National Monument in Anniston, Ala. and the Reconstruction Era National Monument in Beaufort County, S.C. Controversial Black pastor Bishop Eddie Long dies at age 63. He was head of the 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in DeKalb County, Ga. and was accused of sexually abusing young men he mentored. The disciplinary trial begins for NYPD officer who killed Ramarley Graham, Richard Haste. Former State Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson is sentenced to five years for corruption. Fans cry foul to entertainer Steve Harvey after he meets with President-elect Trump in New York. In one of his final acts as president, Obama reduces or eliminates the sentences for 330 non-violent drug offenders, the most by any U.S. president in a single day. Pioneering psychiatrist, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, passes at age 80. Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. His inauguration is marred by numerous protests, along with the refusal of several elected officials to attend the event. More than 100,000 attend the Women’s March on Washington the day after Trump’s inauguration to protest and to voice their concern about the new administration. Hundreds of similar protests take place around the country and the world, including in New York City, where more than 400,000 people take to the streets. Diversity comes to the Academy Awards as several Black actors are nominated, including Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Days after his inauguration, President Trump calls for an investigation into voter fraud because of his loss of the popular vote during the 2016 election. The Department of Justice orders a delay in the hearing of the case of the Texas voter ID law. The Schomburg Center is classified as a National Historic Landmark. Carolyn Bryant, the white woman who accused 14-year-old Black lynching victim Emmett Till of speaking to her in a suggestive manner in 1955 in Mississippi, confesses that she lied about the incident that led to his killing. The confession is released from a 2007 interview and she will not face prosecution. Jazz photographer Chuck Stewart dies at age 89. Trump signs an executive order banning the entry of people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen into the U.S. for 90 days. The ban is later lifted after a lawsuit is filed by the Civil Liberties Union. Trump nominates federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat on the Supreme Court left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia in 2016. Family and friends gather at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem to mark the anniversary of the passing of journalist Michael J. Feeney.

February

Black History Month is celebrated with the theme “The Crisis in Black Education,” focusing on the crucial role of education in the history of African-Americans. Author William Melvin Kelley passes at age 79. Singer Beyoncé Knowles announces on Instagram that she’s pregnant with twins, breaking the world record for the most liked image on the website. President Trump holds what he calls a “little breakfast” in honor of Black History Month at the White House with his Black staff and cabinet members, including Omarosa and Ben Carson. The gathering is criticized because no civil rights leaders from the NAACP or the National Urban League are invited. North Korea prompts international condemnation by test firing a ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan.

The New York Amsterdam News begins its “Trump Must Go!” weekly front-page editorial.

In Super Bowl LI, the New England Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34 to 28. Betsy DeVos is confirmed as the new U.S. secretary of Education by the United States Senate. Her installment is highly criticized because of her lack of experience in education and her view favoring charter schools. Reports surface that President Trump’s election campaign aides and other associates had contacts with Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election. Workers nationwide participate in a “A Day Without Immigrants” in protest of President Trump’s immigration policies. A major snowstorm pounds the Northeast, leaving behind a foot of snow, causing cancellation of schools and snarling travel across the city. Alabama U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed as U.S. attorney general. His confirmation is tainted by criticism because of his previous offensive statements on race. All remaining 33 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are forcibly evicted by police. Mayor Bill de Blasio releases a plan to deal with the city’s homeless problem that includes focusing on shelter conditions. Critics say the plan doesn’t keep the homeless safe or provide a solution for permanent housing. The family and supporters of slain teen Ramarley Graham gather at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan to demand justice from the NYPD and the city. They say that in the five years since the killing and one year since feds closed their investigation, no officers have been disciplined and only one has faced NYPD trial while the outcome is still pending. Black NFL player Quentin Moses dies battling a house fire in Monroe, Ga. at age 33.

East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor announces he will not seek re-election, citing commitments to his family as the reason. Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau dies at age 76. The 48th NAACP Image Awards are presented in Pasadena, Calif. Big winners include actress Taraji P. Henson for her role in the film “Hidden Figures” and the prime-time drama “Empire,” and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is awarded Entertainer of the Year. Clyde Stubblefield, drummer for singer James Brown, dies at age 73. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Notable winners include Chance the Rapper, who wins Best New Artist and Best Rap Album. The event also includes a tribute to Prince, who died in 2016. The Rev. Jesse Jackson kicks off his Wall Street Project 20th Economic Summit in Midtown Manhattan. Former State Sen. Bill Perkins wins a special election for the Ninth Council District seat, putting him back in the City Council. The seat was vacated by Inez Dickens, who was elected to the State Assembly. The New York Public Library renames Harlem’s 115th Street Library after entertainer Harry Belafonte. President Trump meets with several HBCU presidents at the White House to sign an executive order on HBCUs with promises to increase funding for the schools. A federal judge in Massachusetts dismisses a defamation lawsuit against entertainer Bill Cosby by Katherine McKee, an actress who claimed he raped her in 1974. NASA announces that astronaut Jeanette Epps will join the crew of the International Space Station in 2018, making her the first Black crewmember to represent the U.S. on the station. Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announce the “right to counsel” bill, allowing the city to fund universal access to legal counsel to tenants in eviction cases in New York City Housing Court. Musician, songwriter and composer Leon Ware dies at age 77. Protests break out in Anaheim, Calif. after an off-duty Los Angeles police officer fired his gun during a confrontation with a Black 13-year-old. Former Brooklyn Council Member Patricia Wooten passes away at age 80. Jersey City is named the most diverse city in America by WalletHub.com. The community comes together at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Washington Heights for the 52nd Memorial Commemoration of the death of Malcolm X. Hundreds of people, including activists, workers, authors, actors, professors and attorneys across several states sign “Declaration 17.” The document, modeled after the Declaration of Independence signed in 1776, represents resistance to President Trump’s vision of the nation the group believes is out of sync with U.S Constitution. History is made at the 89th Academy Awards when “Moonlight” becomes the first film with an all-Black cast to win Best Picture. The historic moment is overshadowed when “La La Land” is incorrectly announced as the winner of the award, causing major controversy. Other big winners include Black actor Mahershala Ali, who wins in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in “Moonlight.” He is also the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. Black actress Viola Davis wins in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in “Fences.” She also becomes the first Black person to receive the Triple Crown of Acting, with her Tony and Emmy wins. Wells Fargo & Co. announces they will set aside a staggering $60 billion to lend to at least 250,000 Black homeowners by the year 2027.

March

The Harvard Law Review elects ImeIme Umana as the first African-American woman to lead the journal. “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” premieres to rave reviews on Spike TV and Netflix. The docu-series centers on Browder, who was arrested at age 16 and committed suicide after spending three years on Rikers Island awaiting a trial that never occurred. President Trump’s revised travel ban on Muslims and refugees is blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii. The 10th Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine takes place at Walt Disney World. Five students from the tristate area were selected to participate in the event. Harlem street basketball venue Rucker Park celebrates 50 years. The U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates from 0.75 to 1.0 percent. Former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall passes away at age 87. She was the first African-American to be elected to the position. The Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders meet to discuss a wide range of issues. Up to 20 million people are at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria. The United Nations says its the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Sebastian Gorka, a top adviser to President Trump, faces calls to resign after he is revealed to be a member of a Hungarian Nazi group.

Surveillance footage released shows police shooting victim Michael Brown did not commit the alleged robbery he was accused of after his death in 2014. Activist/attorney Lynne Stewart dies at age 77. Applebee’s 125th Harlem location closes after eight years. The casual dining chain says it lost its lease for the location. Employees are offered positions at other locations in the city. Noted poet and literary giant, Mari Evans, passes at age 93. Federal and state investigations into the fundraising practices of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio conclude without criminal charges. The mayor was accused of soliciting donations during his 2013 campaign from individuals who sought official favors from the city. The MTA’s fare hike on MetroCards goes into effect. The cost of weekly MetroCards increases from $31 to $32. The monthly fare is increased from $116.50 to $121. Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry passes away at age 90. The legendary musician and singer dies of cardiac arrest at his home in Missouri. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s neurosurgical department accepts Nancy Abu-Bonsrah as its first Black female resident. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is charged with 23 counts of taking bribes of cash, vacations and a car, and with using money meant to pay a relative’s nursing home bills for his own needs. White suspect James Harris Jackson murders Black victim Timothy Jackson in Midtown Manhattan. The killing is racially motivated, as jackso confesses he took a bus to New York with the goal of killing Black men. The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence holds a hearing about Russian interference in the 2016 election, confirming that there is an ongoing investigation into ties between Trump’s team and Russia. In Newark, Josiah Coleman, 10, is accidentally shot by an 11-year-old. The older child was reportedly holding the gun when it accidentally discharged. The mother of police killing victim Eric Garner, Gwendolyn Carr, and elected officials and activists such as National Action Network Northeast Regional Director Kirsten Foy, New York State Senator Marisol Alcantara and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, have their civil disobedience charges dropped in court. They were arrested for disorderly conduct in January for blocking Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower the same day President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. NAACP New York State Conference President Hazel Dukes celebrates her 80th birthday. NYPD officer Richard Haste, who fatally shot unarmed teen Ramarley Graham during a 2012 chase in the Bronx, resigns after an internal disciplinary trial. Michael Flynn offers to testify before Congress in exchange for immunity from prosecution in relation to alleged Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election. The state of Michigan sets aside $97 million for lead or galvanized steel water lines to be replaced in the City of Flint, resulting from a lawsuit over lead-tainted water in the city. Water lines will be replaced for at least 18,000 Flint households by 2020. Questions are raised after more than 10 Black girls go missing in the Washington, D.C. area during a two-week period. Families and the community question why Amber Alerts were not activated and suspect possible sex trafficking. Activist Leola Maddox, wife of attorney Alton Maddox, dies at age 72. Mayor de Blasio announces plans to close Rikers Island in 10 years. He wants to replace the complex with smaller jails throughout the city.

April

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus sit down with President Trump and Vice President Pence to discuss a range of issues affecting the Black community. They present a report to the two titled “We Have a Lot to Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century.” Steve Bannon is removed from the National Security Council as senior strategist for President Trump. Singer Brenda Jones of the R&B group The Jones Girls passes away at age 62. Pepsi pulls a controversial ad featuring Kendall Jenner in which she participates in a rally with activists and hands a police officer a can of the soft drink. The nation’s airlines come under fire after David Dao, an Asian-American physician, is physically assaulted and dragged off a United Airlines flight, prompting major changes to the industry. Former Fox News commentator Bill O’Riley receives backlash after making offensive comments about Black California Congresswoman Maxine Waters. On Tax Day, protests erupt across the nation demanding President Trump release his tax returns. The McDonald’s Gospelfest hosts its 35th annual concert in New Jersey. South African activist Ahmed Kathrada dies at age 87. Black attorney Roger Wilkins, aide to presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, dies at age 85. Comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of actor Eddie Murphy, dies at age 57 of leukemia. Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal begins treatment for hepatitis C in prison. Bassist Bob Cunningham dies at age 83. In Cleveland, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. is shot to death on Facebook Live by suspect Steve Stephens. Stephens kills himself after a police pursuit. Workers in New Orleans began to remove four monuments dedicated to the Confederacy. New York legislators pass a law mandating that police interrogations be recorded on video. Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez is found hanged in his Massachusetts prison cell. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 and sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Popular Fox News host and commentator Bill O’Reilly is fired amid reports that he reached settlements totaling $13 million with five women who had accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment or verbal abuse. State Court of Appeals Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam is found dead in the Hudson River in Harlem. Police say there are no signs of foul play and that she committed suicide. However, the community believes her death is suspicious. Abdus-Salaam is the first the first African-American woman to sit on the state’s highest court. Former President Obama delivers his first public remarks of his post-presidency at the University of Chicago, speaking on community organizing and civic engagement. Actor and lead singer of the R&B group The Main Ingredient, Cuba Gooding Sr., dies at age 72. Gooding is found dead in his vehicle, parked on a street in California. Authorities say he died of natural causes. His memorial service is held at the Apollo Theater. Fans around the world come together to commemorate the anniversary of the death of superstar Prince. The New York Police Department’s launches its body camera program. Community groups share opposition citing that proper policies are not in place within the police department. Family members, firefighters and residents are left devastated when a fire rips through a wood framed house in Queens, leaving four children and teens and one adult dead. Community and family members present a proposal to rename the meridian at 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard after historian and educator Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan, who died in 2015. The nation marks 25 years since the start of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. The Rev. Al Sharpton host the 26th annual National Action Network national convention in Midtown Manhattan.

May

The Trump administration discontinues a signature girls’ education initiative championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama, Let Girls Learn. While on the campaign trail for re-election to the City Council, Brooklyn Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo announces she is pregnant. The NAACP brings together policy, polling and demographics experts, activists and civil rights leaders to develop a set of key strategic principles and objectives to counter the unfolding and escalating civil rights crisis during its Niagara Summit. At least 150 countries, including the U.S., are affected by a large-scale ransomware cyberattack. A police officer in a Dallas, Texas, suburb fatally shoots Black, unarmed, 15-year-old Jordan Edwards outside a house party, where he was a passenger in a departing car. Officer Roy Oliver is fired from the force and changed with murder. The Department of Justice announces that no federal charges will be filed against the two officers who killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La. in 2016. Jacqueline Dicks, 41, a mother of six is fatally gunned down by her boyfriend, Zire King, in East New York, Brooklyn. Days later King is found dead in his home in New Jersey during a police standoff. President Trump’s time in office reaches 100 days. Florida Memorial University posthumously awards Trayvon Martin with an honorary bachelor’s degree. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is greeted with protest during her commencement speech at the graduation ceremony of historically Black Bethune Cookman University in Florida. After three years in captivity, 82 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls are released during negotiations with their Boko Haram captors. More than 120 people are killed and 100 are injured during a terrorist bombing attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Jackson, Miss. mayoral candidate Chokwe Antar Lumumba, son of late former Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, wins the mayoral Democratic primary to replace his father. Jersey City sees a wave violence as four people are murdered during an 11-day period. The 115th Street Library is renamed after entertainer and activists Harry Belafonte. Amid the Russian collusion investigation, President Trump fired FBI director James Comey for mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email much criticized in a controversial move. Days later, the U.S. Justice Department names former FBI chief Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Moscow. A painting by the late Black artist Jean-Michel Basquiat breaks records when it sells for $110 million at Sotheby’s, becoming the most expensive work by an American artist ever sold at an auction. Foodies converge uptown for the third annual Harlem EatUp! Food Festival. Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas becomes the first congressional member to call for the impeachment of President Trump. As a result, he receives racist threats. White Tulsa, Okla. police officer Betty Shelby is acquitted for the 2016 fatal shooting of Black, unarmed Terrence Crutcher. A Newark street is remained after beloved dancers and neighborhood icon Eric “Uggie” Bowens, who was fatally gunned down in 2016. After 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stages the final show at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Legendary NFL player Clarence Williams dies at age 70. A Bronx man who was driving while intoxicated kills one woman and injures 22 when he plows his car into pedestrians in Times Square. White college student Sean Christopher Urbanski is charged with murder in the random killing of Black Bowie State University student and U.S. Army Lieutenant Richard Collins III. Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called “Alt-Reich,” which spews hatred toward African-Americans. Brian Benjamin becomes Harlem’s newest politician, winning in a landslide in the special election to replace the seat vacated by District 30 State Senator Bill Perkins, who was elected to the City Council. Black opera singer Barbara Smith Conrad dies at age 79 in New Jersey. Famed golfer Tiger Woods is arrested in Florida during Memorial Day weekend for driving under the influence as a result of a reaction to prescription drugs. Ebony magazine relocates from its longtime Chicago headquarters to Los Angeles. Jazz drummer Mickey Roker dies at age 84. Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, is fired after investigators found he wasn’t truthful about his employment history when he applied for his job. Another officer involved in the shooting, Frank Garmback, is suspended for 10 days for violating tactical rules relating to how he drove to the scene that day. NYPD Sergeant Hugh Barry is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for the 2016 fatal shooting of Black, 66-year-old Deborah Danner, who had history of mental illness. As the fight over gentrification continues, several elected officials and community leaders in Harlem collectively condemn an attempt by neighborhood real estate companies to rebrand the area south of 125th Street “SoHa” to attract new residents. Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous declares his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 2018 Maryland governor’s race. Police officer Joseph Reiman in Carteret, N.J. brutally beats an 18-year-old Black youth after he crashes his car while police are following him.

June

A noose is found at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. President Trump announces his intentions to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about conversations he had with President Trump and whether Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into former National Security adviser Michael Flynn. Celebrated Brooklyn community icon and Black college advocate George H. Andrews passes away at age 87. NBA player LeBron James is the victim of racial vandalism when a racial slur is spray-painted on the front gate of his Los Angeles home. Mayor de Blasio signs Fair Workweek legislation requiring managers to give two weeks advanced notice of changes to a worker’s schedule. Comedian Bill Maher apologizes after using a racial slur during an interview the night Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska was on his HBO show. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision blocking President Trump’s revised travel ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations. The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the series. Kevin Durant of the Warriors receives the MVP award. In another police killing in Tulsa, Okla., two deputies and one police officer fatally shoot Black, mentally ill 29-year-old Joshua Barre, who had two butcher knives and was allegedly threatening people. Majority Whip Congressman Steve Scalise and his aides are hit by gunfire during a baseball practice in Virginia. The shooter is killed by police. At the 71st Tony Awards, actor James Earl Jones receives the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement and August Wilson’s “Jitney” earns Best Revival of a Play. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a Black South Georgia teen, Kendrick Johnson, is dismissed by a federal judge. Johnson was found dead in a rolled gym mat at his high school in 2013. His parents believe the he was killed by his classmates and the killing was racially motivated. “All Eyes on Me,” the biopic film about rapper Tupac Shakur, hits theaters starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur. Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigates President Trump for possible obstruction of justice and whether he tried to end an inquiry into his sacked national security adviser. In the Flint water crisis in Michigan, Nick Lyon, the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the state’s chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, turn themselves in on manslaughter charges for knowing about the contaminated water and not taking corrective action. The Harlem-based Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Inc., one of three orders of mostly Black nuns in the United States, puts its location up for sale as they restructure. A jury in St. Paul, Minn. finds police officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty in the fatal shooting of Black motorist Philando Castile in nearby St. Anthony. Thousands take to the streets to peacefully protest the verdict. Superstar Beyoncé gives birth to fraternal twins, a girl, Rumi, and a boy, Sir. Rapper Prodigy of the hip-hop group Mobb Deep dies at age 42. Former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who fatally shot Sylville Smith during an August 2016 foot chase, is found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide. The family of Staten Island police killing victim Eric Garner meets with Justice Department officials as a federal investigation of the case continues to hang in the balance. The mysterious killings of two Black men in Mississippi raise serious questions about whether the deaths were the results of lynching. Jeremy Jerome Jackson, 30, had his head severed and body charred in separate locations. The body of the second victim, 22-year-old Phillip Carroll, was found hanging from a tree in Jackson. Black, pregnant 30-year-old Charleena Lyles is shot and killed by police in Seattle after allegedly brandishing a knife when she allowed them into her apartment. The New York Amsterdam News hosts its Education Foundation fundraiser luncheon at the Plaza Hotel. Honorees include journalist, author and philanthropist Lucy Hawking, Valeisha Butterfield Jones, head of Black Community Engagement at Google and Margot Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures.” In a string of violent shootings in the city, nearly 15 people are shot, prompting anti-violence activists to call for a cease fire. The family of Philando Castile reaches at $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, Minn. The derailment of an A Train at 125th Street in Harlem leaves 34 people injured and causes significant disruptions to the subway system. Issues with the public transit system prompt Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a State of Emergency for the MTA. The accident brings attention to major problems in the MTA. The city’s Rent Guidelines Board votes to increase rent on 1- and 2-year leases. Black Essex County College professor Lisa Durden is fired after she appears on Fox News defending Black Lives Matter. Jazz pianist, composer and educator Geri Allen dies at age 60. The CUNY board of trustees votes for a $200 tuition increase over the next five years. Hip-hop mogul and icon JAY-Z releases his album “4:44.” The acclaimed album debuts at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, making it JAY-Z’s 13th consecutive studio album to top the chart. A historic marker in Money, Miss., in memory of Emmett Till, is vandalized. Dr. Henry Michael Bello opens fire at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, killing one and injuring six others before killing himself. Bello resigned from the hospital in 2015 when he was about to be fired. Fans commemorate what would have been Lena Horne’s 100th birthday. The legendary singer and actress died in 2010.

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July

The city mourns when 48-year-old NYPD officer Miosotis Familia is killed during an unprovoked attack in the Bronx. A 12-year veteran of the force, Familia was shot by suspect Alexander Bonds while she was sitting in a NYPD mobile command center. Law enforcement from around the world attend her funeral. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shuts down the state government over the Fourth of July weekend after the Legislature fails to pass a budget. The shutdown forces the closure of tourist attractions, including 40 state parks, and furloughs an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 state workers. In Chicago, at least 14 are killed by gun violence over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins celebrates his 90th birthday. Brooklyn’s Community Board 9 votes unanimously with one abstention against the city’s plan to turn the Bedford Union Armory into a condo tower with office space and a recreation center. A report reveals that President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Martha Rivera Chavis, the wife of civil rights leader and National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., dies at age 53. Actor Nelsan Ellis, best known for his role in “True Blood,” dies at age 39. A Senate Republican Party bill to repeal and replace large portions of Obamacare fails to win enough support to pass. Former President Obama attends his first political event since leaving office at a private home in Washington, hosted by former Attorney General Eric Holder. In New Jersey, Newark commemorates 50 years since the brutal riots of 1967. White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns after Anthony Scaramucci is appointed director of communications. Scaramucci is fired from the position after only 10 days on the job when he makes disparaging remarks during an interview about several high-ranking White House officials. Democratic California Congressman Brad Sherman formally introduces an article of impeachment against President Trump. Sherman charges that during the federal investigation of Russian’s interference in the 2016 election, the president obstructed justice. In the midst of turmoil with the MTA, a report released by City Comptroller Scott Stringer reveals that subway delays are causing New Yorkers to be late for work and are even costing people their jobs. A federal appeals court overturns the corruption conviction of former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver was sentenced in 2016 to 12 years in prison after he was convicted of collecting $4 million in kickbacks from a cancer researcher and real estate developers in return for using his post to help them. President Trump reinstates a ban on transgender people serving in the military. Fresh Christopher “Fresh Kid Ice” Wong Won, a founding member of rap group 2 Live Crew, dies at age 53. Criminal charges are filed against New Jersey police officer Joseph Reiman for the assault of a Black teenage boy that was caught on dashcam video after the boy’s car crashed. Controversy swirls around R&B singer R. Kelly when a report indicates that he is accused by three sets of parents of keeping several young women in his homes in Chicago and Atlanta in an abusive cult. Whole Foods Market opens its long-awaited Harlem location on 125th Street. A Nevada parole board grants O.J. Simpson parole. Simpson was sentenced in 2008 to up to 33 years in prison for kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in a 2007 incident that unfolded in a Las Vegas hotel room. The FBI raids the home of Paul Manafort, a former chairman of the Trump campaign, regarding potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Reince Priebus is removed as White House Chief of Staff, with President Trump naming General John Kelly as his replacement. A jury finds Queens City Councilman Ruben Wills guilty of five of the six counts against him in his corruption trial. Wills stole approximately $30,000 in public campaign funds and state grant money. The 108th NAACP National Convention is held in Baltimore. The civil rights organization names Derrick Johnson as its interim president. The City Council votes to pass a law requiring the Civil Justice Coordinator to establish programs that would provide tenants facing eviction access to legal services within five years. Activists commemorate Assata Shakur’s 70th birthday. NYPD officers fatal shoot emotionally disturbed Black man Dwayne Jeune in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Jeune allegedly charged at officers before they opened fire. Charges are filed against a pair of East New York pimps who were allegedly involved in the sex trafficking of nearly a dozen underage girls from out of state. Jonathan “Jayo” Harris, 25 and Tariq “Ricky” Washington, 23, were indicted on nearly 40-counts of sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, rape, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

August

While on the campaign trail for re-election, Brooklyn City Council Member Laurie Cumbo gives birth to her first child. She names the baby boy Prince Noah Oluwafemi. Grandmaster Flash member Kidd Creole is arrested in New York on murder charges after a homeless man is found with multiple stab wounds to his torso. Amid growing concerns with public transit, the City Council holds an oversight hearing on the MTA. The fourth annual Source360 Festival and Conference takes place in Brooklyn. New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker introduces a bill to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. Six Maplewood, N.J., police officers along with Chief Robert Cimino and Captain Joshua Cummis are disciplined after a video is released of the officers making racist comments and controversial arrests during the Fourth of July in 2016. The officers were responding to a fight that broke out after a fireworks show and four teens were reportedly arrested. Witnesses said the officers began racially profiling others on the scene. Reports surface that the R&B singer Usher is accused of knowingly spreading herpes to sexual partners. In all, two women and a man accuse the crooner of infecting them, including Quantasia Sharpton, who said she slept with him after a concert. Usher denies the claims. A protest ends deadly in Charlottesville, Va. at the Unite the Right Rally, where white supremacist and counter-protesters clash. The rally is held over the removal of Confederate statues and monuments. Three people are killed, including counter-protester Heather D. Heyer, who dies when white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. drives his car into a crowd. Two state troopers are also killed in a helicopter crash. Nearly 40 people are injured, including Black 20-year-old DeAndre Harris, who is beaten by six white nationalists. President Trump’s response to the violence is highly criticized after he calls the white supremacists and members of the alt-right “very fine people” and says that there was violence on “many sides.” In the aftermath of the racial violence, Confederate monuments and statues are removed in various locations around the country, including in Brooklyn, where a plaque honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed. Steve Bannon is fired from his positions as the White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to the president. Bannon is accused of having racist views and alliances with white supremacists. Shortly after, Sebastian Gorka, a military and intelligence analyst, resigns from his position as a White House counter-terrorism adviser. Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at age 84. Chokwe Antar Lumumba becomes mayor of Jackson, Miss. He is elected to office after the death of his father, Chokwe Lumumba, who was also mayor of the city before his sudden death in 2014. A total solar eclipse is visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States of America, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. In sports, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Conor McGregor in the 10th round of “The Money Fight” boxing match in Las Vegas, extending his undefeated professional boxing streak to 50 victories and no defeats. The 43rd annual Harlem Week celebration takes place uptown. President Trump pardons former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had previously been convicted of defying a court order to cease traffic patrols using racial profiling. Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham, announces a new legal filing against the NYPD for what she believes are efforts to conceal critical information about her son’s 2012 killing by officers. Rapper Kendrick Lamar is the night’s biggest winner at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, walking away with six awards. The Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network gather with clergy from across the nation in Washington D.C. for the “Ministers March for Justice.” Hurricane Harvey devastates Houston as a Category 4 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage because of record-breaking floods. At least 90 people are killed and damage reaches $198.6 billion, making Harvey the costliest natural disaster in American history. Well know Black Trump supporter and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke resigns to join the pro-Trump Super PAC America First Action as a spokesman and senior adviser.

September

The 50th annual West Indian Day Parade takes place on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Security is stepped up at this year’s celebration to curb violence. The formation area and parade route were closed to the general public the night before the parade. Hundreds of additional uniformed officers provide security at 12 secure entry points and along the two-mile parade route. Both parade participants and spectators are screened for weapons and alcoholic beverages. Backpacks and other large bags are prohibited. The Justice Department says in a court filing that it has no evidence to support President Trump’s previous assertion in March that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower before last year’s election. Hurricane Irma, a Category 5, pounds Florida and pounds several Caribbean islands, leaving a path of devastation. The storm kills 134 people and causes $100 million in damage. Many Caribbean Islands are left in ruins, with thousands of people stranded and homeless in Barbuda, Cuba, Saint Barthelemy, Anguilla, Saint Martin, Turks and Caicos and the Virgin Islands, along with the Bahamas. The Trump administration rescinds the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. At least 42,000 “dreamers” reside in New York City. The nation remembers 16 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Primary elections are held in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio is elected the Democratic candidate to keep his seat and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is the Republican candidate. The Justice Department announces that it will not prosecute six Baltimore police officers in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, citing it found “insufficient evidence to support federal criminal civil rights charges” against the officers. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett becomes the victim of police abuse when officers threaten him with a gun and detain him briefly after a fight breaks out at a venue in Las Vegas. A St. Louis judge acquits former police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Smith. Stockley was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Smith, who was shot and killed after a police chase. Protests ensue in reaction to the verdict, leading to dozens of arrests. In the wake of the racial violence in Charlottesville, Va. over a Confederate statue, statues and monuments deemed offensive are examined around the nation, with several being removed. An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 strikes Central Mexico, killing 369 people and leaving thousands more homeless. The White House reacts when Black ESPN co-host Jemele Hill posts a series of tweets calling President Trump a white supremacist. Hurricane Maria strikes the Caribbean, making landfall on Dominica as a Category 5 hurricane and Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane. Maria causes at least 94 deaths and damages estimated in excess of $103 billion. President Trump is highly criticized for the nation’s response to the disaster in Puerto Rico. At the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, several Black entertainers receive top honors, including Donald Glover who becomes the first African-American to win Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for “Atlanta” and Lena Waithe who becomes the first African-American woman to win Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for “Master of None.” The Morris Heights post office in the Bronx is named after late Tuskegee Airman and Bronx Community College President Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr. Violet Brown of Jamaica dies at the age of 117. She is the fifth-oldest person in recorded history and the oldest person in the world for five months. During a political rally in Alabama, President Trump criticizes Black NFL football players kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African-Americans, saying that team owners should fire them for doing it. The 48th annual African-American Day Parade marches through Harlem. Soul singer Charles Bradley dies at age 68. Disgraced former Congressman and New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner is sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting a teenage girl. The first National HBCU Conference under the Trump administration takes place in Arlington, Va. The Congressional Black Caucus and the United Negro College Fund both call for the event to be canceled amid the current political climate. Trump does not attend the event, which only brings out 29 of the more than 100 Black college presidents in the nation. Reports surface that a social media campaign calling itself “Blacktivist” linked to the Russian government used both Facebook and Twitter in an apparent attempt to amplify racial tensions during the U.S. presidential election. Huge crowds turn out for the March for Black Women on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., highlighting problems with sexualized violence and the widespread incarceration of Black women and girls.

October

Former football star and actor O.J. Simpson is freed on parole after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence. In an act of domestic terrorism, Stephen Paddock opens fire on a crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, killing nearly 60 people and injuring close to 550. Matthew McCree, 15, is fatally stabbed by 18-year-old Abel Cedeno at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx. Cedeno alleges that McCree and another student, 16-year-old Ariane Laboy who was injured during the stabbing, were bullying him because he is gay. McCree’s mother denies that her son was a bully. Cedeno is charged with manslaughter, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. A story published in The New York Times accuses film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment over 30 years. Accusers include a number of actresses and female production assistants, temps and other employees. Weinstein is later accused of assaulting or harassing 13 women and raping three of them. The exposé ignites what’s known as the “Weinstein effect,” prompting women to come forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault against powerful men in entertainment, journalism and politics. The African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Black ESPN co-host Jemele Hill is suspended after violating the company’s social media policy when she tweets that fans who are upset with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ threat to bench any player who does “anything that is disrespectful to the flag” should boycott the advertisers who support the team. Black college student Destiny Tompkins is told by her white manager at Banana Republic in White Plains, N.Y., that her box braids were too “urban” for the retailer. The manager is terminated as a result. Black 20-year-old DeAndre Harris faces allegations that he injured a white supremacist during the Charlottesville violence in August. Viral video shows several white supremacists savagely beat Harris in a parking garage. Waldiman Thompson, 91, dies when robbers break into the Brooklyn home he shares with his 100-year-old wife, Ethline. Robbers entered the home, tied the couple up and put sheets over their heads. Dominique Sharpton, the daughter of the Rev. Al Sharpton, marries her longtime boyfriend, Dr. Marcus Bright, at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens. Activist Tamika Mallory accuses American Airlines of racial discrimination when she is kicked off a flight over a seating dispute. The incident puts a spotlight on racism in the airline industry, prompting the NAACP to issue a travel advisory for American Airlines. President Trump is criticized for remarks made to the widow of Black Staff Sgt. La David Johnson who was killed during an ambush in Niger. When Trump called Johnson’s widow, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who was present during the call, said that Trump told the widow that Johnson “knew what he signed up for” and only referred to him as “your guy,” indicating that Trump did not actually know the soldier’s name. The NAACP board unanimously elects Derrick Johnson to serve a three-year term as the president and CEO of the longtime civil rights organization. Actor Robert Guillaume, best known for his starring role on the 1980s sitcom “Benson,” dies at age 89. New Orleans R&B singer Fats Domino dies at age 89. New York City becomes the first municipality in the nation to enforce a law prohibiting all employers in the city from inquiring about job seekers’ salary history during the hiring process, including on job applications and in interviews.

The NYC Planning Commission votes 11-1 in favor of the redevelopment plan for the Bedford-Union Armory located in Brooklyn. Two people are arrested at the CPB meeting among the 50 protesters present. A flatbed pickup truck is driven into pedestrians along West Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, causing at least eight deaths and multiple injuries. The truck is driven by Sayfullo Saipov, who is motivated by Islamist terrorism inspired by ISIL.

Talk show host Wendy Williams faints on live television during her daily talk show. Williams blames hot lights and her heavy Halloween costume for the health scare.

November

Retired Bordentown Township police chief Frank Nucera Jr. is arrested by the FBI and charged with a federal hate crime for allegedly slamming a handcuffed African-American suspect into a door during a 2016 arrest. He is also accused of violence toward African-Americans, using the N-word and other epithets. Both Deir ez-Zor in Syria and Al-Qa’im in Iraq are declared liberated from ISIL. Rapper Meek Mill is sentenced to two to four years in state prison for violating his parole. The rap star gets an outpouring of support from fans and activist, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, who advocates for his release. Many historically Black colleges and universities report a sharp spike in fall enrollment in part because of the political climate and the Trump presidency. Increasing racial incidents and tension at predominantly white institutions also contribute to the increase. NYPD detectives Eddie Martins and Richard Hall are suspended after being charged for sexual misconduct. They are accused of pulling over an 18-year-old girl in Brooklyn and raping her. Dr. Barbara Gaba becomes first woman and African-American installed as president at Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey. On Election Day Mayor Bill de Blasio is re-elected, winning a second term as mayor of New York City. Across the nation, Democrats win several races where African-Americans and women take victories. In New Jersey, Sheila Oliver becomes the state’s first Black Lt. Governor when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy wins. NYPD officer Wayne Isaacs is found not guilty for the 2016 police shooting of Delrawn Small. Online news outlets DNAInfo and Gothamist are shut down by CEO and owner Joe Ricketts after writers voted to unionize. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office re-indicts Khari Noerdlinger, son of former de Blasio aide Rachel Noerdlinger, on remaining charges, including weapons possession and hindering an investigation. The charges stem from 2016, when Khari Noerdlinger was attacked and fatally stabbed a teen in self-defense. Police fatally shoot 67-year-old Cornell Lockhart, who allegedly stabbed two female security guards with a steak knife at a home for the mentally ill in the Bronx. Community members rally in Brooklyn for 80-year-old Joy Noel, who was unjustly evicted from her apartment after leaving to get medical treatment. The Department of Investigations reveals that NYCHA failed to conduct lead paint safety inspections for four years, beginning in 2013, in more than 55,000 apartments. A federal jury awards the family of police shooting victim Mohammad Bah a $2.2 million settlement. Bah was a mentally ill Guinea native who was shot eight times and killed in his home by three NYPD officers in 2012. The Board Chair of National Action Network, the Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, asks founder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, to delay his plans to step down as president of the civil rights organization in 2019. Richardson notes the current political climate as a reason for why Sharpton should stay. A gunman kills 26 people in a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Reports surface that U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama Roy Moore is being accused by several women of dating them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One woman claims Moore molested her when she was 14, and another alleges Moore tried to sexually assault her when she as 16. New York Beacon publisher Walter Smith Jr. dies at age 83. The FDNY graduates of 279 probationary firefighters, of which 50 percent are people of color. More than 20 percent of the class is African-American. Gunman Kevin Janson Neal goes on a shooting spree across Rancho Tehama Reserve, Calif., killing four people and wounding 12 others before being shot and killed by police. Civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson announces he has Parkinson’s disease. Actor Earle Hyman dies at age 91. He is best known for his role as Bill Cosby’s father on the sitcom “The Cosby Show.” Vocalist and actress Della Reese dies at age 86. Longtime president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe resigns after he is placed under house arrest, as the military takes control of the country. The library at the NYPD Police Academy is named after the city’s first Black police commissioner, Benjamin Ward. As more high-profile men are taken down by sexual harassment allegations, “CBS This Morning” anchor and journalist Charlie Rose is fired after he is accused of sexual harassment. Days later, NBC’s “Today” anchor Matt Lauer is fired by NBC after 25 years over an allegation of sexual misconduct. Actors Dustin Hoffman, Sylvester Stallone and former President George H.W. Bush are also accused of previously committing acts of sexual misconduct. The Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm performs at the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The marching band is the only one in the parade from an HBCU in the parade. Reports surface that the longest serving member of Congress, Michigan Rep. John Conyers, is under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members. He later retires. Hip-hop and business mogul Russell Simmons steps down from his leadership posts at his companies after he is accused by screenwriter Jenny Lumet of forcing her to have sex with him in 1991. A mosque attack in Sinai, Egypt kills 305 worshippers and leaves hundreds more wounded. Jazz lyricist and singer Jon Hendricks dies at age 96. A judge sets the trial date of NYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry, who shot and killed 66-year-old Deborah Danner in her apartment in 2016 after she swung a baseball bat at him. Pete Moore of the R&B group The Miracles dies at 79. Black 10-year-old Ashawnty Davis from Colorado kills herself after a video of her being assaulted in a bullying incident is posted to social media. A social media movement gains momentum for prisoner and sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown, who is serving 51 years in prison for killing the man who drugged, abused and raped her when she was 16.

DECEMBER

President Trump’s ex-national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is charged with making a false statement to the FBI in January. Golden Krust founder and CEO Lowell Hawthorne dies of an apparent suicide at age 57. The Senate passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The bill is criticized for adding $1 trillion to the budget deficit and for disproportionately benefiting the wealthy and big corporations. The Supreme Court allows the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. State Sen. Rubén Díaz from the Bronx resigns from the New York State Senate ahead of joining the New York City Council in 2018. A state of emergency is declared in California as wildfires devastate homes and businesses, forcing the evacuation of 200,000 people. Rep. John Conyers, the longest serving representative in Congress, announces his retirement in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct and pressure from many of his colleagues in Congress for him to step down. The city is put on edge when a man is arrested after an explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in an attempted terrorist attack. Elected officials and activists are outraged over the FDNY’s hiring of white former EMT worker Joe Cassano, who resigned in 2013 for posting racist tweets. The Department of Investigations finds that NYCHA did not test 55,000 public housing units for lead and lied about it to the federal government over the course of four years. White former North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael Slager is sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2015 shooting of 50-year-old Black Walter Scott in the back as he ran away. Activist and scientist Dr. Jack Felder dies at age 78. Johnny C. Taylor Jr. steps down as president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Dr. Harry L. Williams, president of Delaware State University, takes his place. Republican candidate Roy Moore loses the U.S. Senate race in Alabama to Democrat Doug Jones. The United States officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. One of the few Black staff members in the Trump administration, Omarosa Manigault Newman, leaves her position in the White House as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison. Conflicting reports indicate that she was fired. Well-known Black dentist Dr. R. Chester Redhead passes at 92. The New York City Department of Education announces the closure of 14 public schools. Sean “Diddy” Combs announces he wants to buy the Carolina Panthers and sign Colin Kaepernick. Three people are killed and hundreds are injured after an Amtrak train derails in Washington State. The New York City Council passes the Right to Know Act, requiring NYPD officers to identify themselves and inform people that they have the right to refuse to be searched in non-emergency encounters. Tavis Smiley, talk show host, is suspended from PBS over accusations of inappropriate sexual misconduct. Smiley denies the actuations, vowing to fight back. Security is beefed up for New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker after he receives death threats. Mayor Bill de Blasio signs legislation creating online voter registration for New York City. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announces she is stepping down from her position at the end of the year after three years on the job. The daughter of Eric Garner, Erica Garner, dies after being hospitalized for a heart attack. City Councilmember Inez Barron announces her plans to run for City Council Speaker. A deadly apartment fire in the Bronx kills 12 in what the FDNY calls the city’s deadliest fire in 25 years. The blaze was started by a 3-year-old child who was playing with a gas stove.