US holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves

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Juneteenth: US holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves
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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Governor Phil Murphy announced that every third Friday in June will be a state and public holiday to "celebrate the end of the physical chains which once held Black Americans down."
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signs bill declaring Juneteenth a state holiday

Gov. Phil Murphy officially declared Juneteenth a state holiday during a live announcement on his Instagram account Thursday evening. - Published

Make Juneteenth a national holiday for the American dream of liberty and justice for all

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Instead of Juneteenth, honor 13th Amendment as a national holiday

June 19, 1865, did not deliver African Americans from slavery. Dec. 6, 1865, did, writes Robert Hill, a Pittsburgh-based communications consultant. - Published

Republican senators Johnson, Lankford propose making Juneteenth a federal holiday and dropping Columbus Day

Columbus Day has been a source of controversy because of the killing and enslavement of indigenous people by European explorers and settlers. - Published

Pharrell, Ellen DeGeneres, Van Jones, more call for Juneteenth to become paid holiday

Pharrell 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. - Published

Fact check: Barack Obama mentioned Juneteenth multiple times while president

A social media post claims Barack Obama "never mentioned" Juneteenth while he was president. That is false. - Published

Two dead, seven wounded in shooting at a North Carolina block party

Two people are dead and several others hurt after a shooting occurred at a block party celebrating Juneteenth in Charlotte, North Carolina. - Published

Listen to oral stories about gaining freedom

This 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.. - Published

DC protesters topple statue of Confederate general

Protesters 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) - Published Also reported by •WorldNews

Beyoncé drops 'Black Parade' on Juneteenth, proceeds to benefit Black-owned businesses

Beyoncé gifted the world a surprise single on Juneteenth: "Black Parade." - Published

Column: Donald Trump, our narcissist in chief, wants us to thank him for discovering Juneteenth?

column: donald trump, our narcissist in chief, wants us to thank him for discovering juneteenth?
How narcissistic is Donald Trump? Let’s consider just the last week. On Wednesday, he took credit for making “Juneteenth very famous,” insisting that prior to the insensitive scheduling of his..
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Live Updates on Trump Rally: President Heads to Tulsa Amid Racial Unrest and Virus Fears

His remarks will come a day after the Juneteenth holiday and during a period of nationwide protests and discussions over racism. - Published

Live updates: DC protesters topple Confederate statue; Trump rallies in Tulsa a day after Juneteenth

Demonstrators set fire to a Confederate statue in DC. Meanwhile, President Trump's rally in Tulsa is tonight. The latest news Saturday. - Published

Beyoncé releases surprise new song, Black Parade, on Juneteenth

The new track, released on Juneteenth, calls for "peace and reparation for my people".
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Begun in the South, Juneteenth also on West Coast

Although Juneteenth celebrations began in the South, the West Coast saw several large gatherings Friday. Thousands of demonstrators rallied peacefully to protest racial injustice and police brutality.. - Published

In CA: Not all police will enforce mask order, departments say

California has a new mask mandate, but who will enforce it? And renewed calls to remove a statue of Father Junipero Serra prompt the community to take action. Plus, Black leaders reflect on what.. - Published

March for equality in New Orleans on Juneteenth

Dozens 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... - Published

Chicago marchers say Juneteenth represents hope

Thousands 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) - Published

Usher, Lupita Nyong'o, Taylor Swift and more celebrities honor Juneteenth, call for action

Celebrities commemorated Juneteenth by giving their employees the day off, calling for a national holiday and making donations. - Published

Rep. Bass: Juneteenth should be a national holiday

The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Karen Bass thinks Juneteenth should be a national holiday. Learning the history behind the day, she says, would help Americans "have a deeper.. - Published

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McEnany slams Bolton, defends Trump on Juneteenth

White 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.. - Published

Hundreds mark Juneteenth across US states

Hundreds of people gathered across U.S. cities on Friday to celebrate Juneteenth and call for racial justice in the United States. (June 19) - Published

Detroit hosts celebratory Juneteenth gathering

Hundreds gather in Detroit to celebrate Juneteenth and call for racial justice in the city and beyond. (June 19) - Published

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." - Published

Should Juneteenth be an official holiday? Two-thirds of Americans surveyed by Harris Poll think so

More than half of Americans know what Juneteenth is and even more, two-thirds, say the date should become an official holiday. - Published

LaTosha Brown sings freedom song for Juneteenth

Political strategist and jazz singer LaTosha Brown shares what Juneteeth means to her. - Published

New York City declares Juneteenth an official holiday

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Juneteenth celebrations call for equality

While slavery has been outlawed for 155 years, Black Americans still encounter racism and inequalities that influence their daily lives. - Published

Confederate obelisk removed from Georgia square

A Confederate monument has been removed from a town square near Atlanta amid cheers from the watching crowd. As midnight approached on the eve of Juneteenth, the obelisk glorifying the Lost Cause was.. - Published

'There is no going back, America': Stacey Abrams powerful op-ed for Juneteenth

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The Backstory: The little known story about a former slave who sued her captor and won

Henrietta Wood wanted her story told. She shared her experiences on the pages of two newspapers. Today, on Juneteenth, I wanted to make it three. - Published

Juneteenth, ex-Atlanta cop in court, Trump vs. Bolton: 5 things to know Friday

Americans around the country celebrate Juneteenth, Bolton's scathing critique of Trump could define tell-all battles and more news you need to know Friday. - Published

Protest updates: Friday is Juneteenth; Pennsylvania cop fired for 'racist' email; Georgia nonprofit raises $250K for Garrett Rolfe

Friday is Juneteenth. Pennsylvania police officer fired for 'racist' email. Rayshard Brooks' funeral set for Tuesday. Latest protest news. - Published

Google Doodle celebrates Juneteenth with video highlighting 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' poem

Google recognizes Juneteenth with a video Doodle, designed by artist Loveis Wise, set to the first verse of the poem "Lift Every Voice and Sing." - Published

Juneteenth TV specials to celebrate: 'Black-ish' marathon, 'Selma,' 'Get Out' and more

For those looking to celebrate Juneteenth indoors this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, don't worry: TV's got you covered. - Published

Today in History for June 19th

Highlights of this day in history: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed; Father's Day first celebrated in the U.S.; The event behind 'Juneteenth'; Author Salman Rushdie born; NBA draft pick Len Bias.. - Published

What you need to know about Juneteenth

The historic holiday, which celebrates the official end of slavery in the US, has taken on renewed significance this year.
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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. - Published

'We are still trying to get free': Black Americans continue fight for equality on Juneteenth

While slavery has been outlawed for 155 years, Black Americans still encounter racism and inequalities that influence their daily lives. - Published

Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, BLM co-founder and other Black leaders on what Juneteenth 2020 means

Black leaders explain what Juneteenth means to them amid protests against police brutality. - Published

Pelosi Orders Removal of Four Confederate Portraits From the House

The 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. - Published

Racial justice protests boost Juneteenth holiday

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'I made Juneteenth very famous': Trump takes credit for holiday celebrating Emancipation Proclamation

President Donald Trump claimed in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that "nobody had ever heard of" the Juneteenth holiday. - Published

Portraits of House Speakers who served in Confederacy to be removed on Juneteenth, Pelosi says

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the portraits "are symbols that set back our nation's work to confront and combat bigotry." - Published

USA TODAY staff reads the Emancipation Proclamation for Juneteenth

To remember Juneteenth, USA TODAY staff members read the Emancipation Proclamation. - Published

Juneteenth, reparations and African-American history with Keisha N. Blain

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How the Trump Campaign Missed the Signals on Juneteenth

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