Napa Valley women kicked from train for ‘Laughing While Black’ settle lawsuit

Napa Valley wine train

 Five members of the Sistahs on the Reading Edge book club stand together in Antioch on Aug. 24, 2015.
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The group of mostly Black women who accused a Napa Valley train company of kicking them off with racial motivation have settled a lawsuit against the train operator, according to a report. The value of the settlement has not been stated publicly, according to a San Jose Mercury News report. The women originally had sued for $11 million.
The incident occurred in August of last year when the book club composed of 11 women—10 black and one white—traveled on a Napa Valley wine train to discuss a romance novel, according to reports. The train conductor removed them for being loud.
The story received national attention and launched a Twitter hashtag #laughingwhileblack.

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