US holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves
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Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on the 19th of June throughout the United States, with varying official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas.
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Pharrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Van Jones, more call for Juneteenth to become paid holidayPharrell Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris and CNN's Van Jones are calling for Juneteenth to be a paid holiday in the U.S.
Fact check: Barack Obama mentioned Juneteenth multiple times while presidentA social media post claims Barack Obama "never mentioned" Juneteenth while he was president. That is false.
Two dead, seven wounded in shooting at a North Carolina block partyTwo people are dead and several others hurt after a shooting occurred at a block party celebrating Juneteenth in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Listen to oral stories about gaining freedomThis Juneteenth weekend, we're re-telling individual oral histories of people who were enslaved in America. Readers shared personal accounts with us as part of our 1619 Voices Project. We're..
DC protesters topple statue of Confederate generalProtesters toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the nation's capital and set it on fire on Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the United States. (June 20)
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Beyoncé drops 'Black Parade' on Juneteenth, proceeds to benefit Black-owned businessesBeyoncé gifted the world a surprise single on Juneteenth: "Black Parade."
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Live Updates on Trump Rally: President Heads to Tulsa Amid Racial Unrest and Virus FearsHis remarks will come a day after the Juneteenth holiday and during a period of nationwide protests and discussions over racism.
Live updates: DC protesters topple Confederate statue; Trump rallies in Tulsa a day after JuneteenthDemonstrators set fire to a Confederate statue in DC. Meanwhile, President Trump's rally in Tulsa is tonight. The latest news Saturday.
Beyoncé releases surprise new song, Black Parade, on JuneteenthThe new track, released on Juneteenth, calls for "peace and reparation for my people".
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March for equality in New Orleans on JuneteenthDozens of demonstrators marched to the gates of Armstrong Park in New Orleans in honor of Juneteenth, the traditional commemoration date of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the U.S...
Chicago marchers say Juneteenth represents hopeThousands gathered for a Juneteenth march and rally in downtown Chicago to commemorate the holiday traditionally celebrated to mark the end of slavery in the United States. (June 19)
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McEnany slams Bolton, defends Trump on JuneteenthWhite House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany went on the attack against John Bolton, who she said "repeatedly praised the president, then turned." She also pushed President Trump's talking point that..
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Melania Trump celebrates Juneteenth in video tweet, says 'we are one global community'First lady Melania Trump celebrated Juneteenth with a video of herself reading a children's book and urging unity while working through "racial issues."
Should Juneteenth be an official holiday? Two-thirds of Americans surveyed by Harris Poll think soMore than half of Americans know what Juneteenth is and even more, two-thirds, say the date should become an official holiday.
LaTosha Brown sings freedom song for JuneteenthPolitical strategist and jazz singer LaTosha Brown shares what Juneteeth means to her.
New York City declares Juneteenth an official holidayOn 19 June, 1865 enslaved people in Galveston, Texas received the news that slavery had been abolished by President Abraham Lincoln two years earlier. The news took so long to reach slaves in...
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Juneteenth celebrations call for equalityWhile slavery has been outlawed for 155 years, Black Americans still encounter racism and inequalities that influence their daily lives.
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Off for Juneteenth: Will NFL, Nike, Twitter and corporate celebrations America make a difference?Fewer white Americans will ask 'What is Juneteenth?' after many of the most influential companies in the U.S. have opted to make the date a paid holiday.
'We are still trying to get free': Black Americans continue fight for equality on JuneteenthWhile slavery has been outlawed for 155 years, Black Americans still encounter racism and inequalities that influence their daily lives.
Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, BLM co-founder and other Black leaders on what Juneteenth 2020 meansBlack leaders explain what Juneteenth means to them amid protests against police brutality.
Pelosi Orders Removal of Four Confederate Portraits From the HouseThe move, on the eve of Juneteenth, came as part of a nationwide outcry for racial justice that has included the removal of historic symbols of racism in America.
Racial justice protests boost Juneteenth holidayRacial justice protests boost Juneteenth holiday
'I made Juneteenth very famous': Trump takes credit for holiday celebrating Emancipation ProclamationPresident Donald Trump claimed in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that "nobody had ever heard of" the Juneteenth holiday.
Portraits of House Speakers who served in Confederacy to be removed on Juneteenth, Pelosi saysHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the portraits "are symbols that set back our nation's work to confront and combat bigotry."
USA TODAY staff reads the Emancipation Proclamation for JuneteenthTo remember Juneteenth, USA TODAY staff members read the Emancipation Proclamation.
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