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June 19, 2020 - 5:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Legend, Gabrielle Union and Ava DuVernay are some of the many black cultural leaders who have signed a letter to fight against racism, promote equal pay and ask industries to disassociate from police. The letter was released Friday by a new organization called the Black...
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Several local artists painted Black Live Matter mural on the street during a Juneteenth 2020 celebration outside the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum Friday, June 19, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
June 19, 2020 - 5:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A unprecedented number of U.S. companies are giving employees off for Juneteenth on Friday, raising hopes that the day commemorating the end of slavery could someday become a true national celebration. The momentum could hinge, however, on whether the country's largest employer -...
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This cover image released by Legacy Recordings shows “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” a never-before-heard solo version of Aretha Franklin’s riveting and powerful collaboration with Mary J. Blige. Legacy Records announced the release of the song Friday, which is Juneteenth, the holiday to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. (Legacy Recordings via AP)
June 19, 2020 - 6:25 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A never-before-heard solo version of the late Aretha Franklin’s riveting and powerful collaboration with Mary J. Blige about faith and race, 2006’s “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” has arrived on Juneteenth. Sony’s RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings released the song...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo, a staff member from the Freedom School holds up a card during a presentation at the 40th Annual Al Edwards' Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast at Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, originated 155 years ago. (Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP, File)
June 19, 2020 - 3:16 am
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. YOUNG IMMIGRANTS STILL FACE UNCERTAINTY The Supreme Court rejected Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, but activists say legislation giving them a path to U.S...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2020, file photo, demonstrators protest near the White House in Washington over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. In just about any other year, Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage, would be marked with a cookout, a parade, or a community festival. But Juneteenth 2020 will be a day of protest in may places Friday, June 19. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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June 18, 2020 - 5:37 pm
In just about any other year, Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage, would be marked by African American families across the nation with a cookout, a parade, a community festival, a soulful rendition of “Lift Ev’...
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Freeman Culver stands in front of a mural listing the names of businesses destroyed during the Tulsa race massacre in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, June 15, 2020, on the other side of what's historically the city's white-black dividing line from where President Donald Trump will rally Saturday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
June 18, 2020 - 4:53 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For decades, when it was discussed at all, the killing of hundreds of people in a prosperous black business district nearly a century ago was referred to as the Tulsa race riot. Under new standards developed by teachers, Oklahoma students are urged to consider the differences...
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Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson, right, watches as Architect of the Capitol workers remove a portrait of James Orr of South Carolina that was hanging in the Speakers Lobby on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)
June 18, 2020 - 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Portraits honoring four former House speakers who served in the Confederacy were removed Thursday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that the men "embody the violent bigotry and grotesque racism of the Confederacy.″ Pelosi directed the House clerk to oversee the immediate removal...
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FILE - This March 22, 2019, file photo shows Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D. The Trump administration on Thursday, June 18, 2020, rejected imposing federal drinking-water limits for a chemical used in fireworks and other explosives and linked to brain damage in newborns. The contaminant is perchlorate, a component in rocket fuel, ammunition and other explosives, including fireworks. The Associated Press found one high-profile example of that on Thursday, reviewing a 2016 U.S. Geological Survey report that links high levels of perchlorate contamination in the water at Mount Rushmore national memorial with past years of fireworks displays there. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 18, 2020 - 2:02 pm
The Trump administration on Thursday rejected imposing federal drinking-water limits for a chemical used in fireworks and other explosives and linked to brain damage in newborns, opting to override Obama administration findings that the neurotoxin was contaminating the drinking water of millions of...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, Zebiyan Fields, 11, at center, drums alongside more than 20 kids at the front of the Juneteenth parade in Flint, Mich. Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, originated 155 years ago. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP, File)
June 18, 2020 - 12:19 pm
Juneteenth commemorates when all enslaved African Americans learned they were free 155 years ago. Now, with support growing for the racial justice movement, 2020 may be remembered as the year the holiday reached a new level of recognition. While the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the...
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This 2019 photo shows Bouba Diemé with his wife, Désirée Allen, their 5-year-old son, Buraq Abdou, center, and twin 1-year-olds, Sembène Khalifa, held by Diemé, and Sankara Kokà. Diemé said the family’s isolation during lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has taught him to be more patient with his children. (Dieynaba Diemé via AP).
June 18, 2020 - 7:16 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Rahul Gandhi's twin girls were born dangerously premature, with a slim chance they would have normal lives after barely surviving birth eight years ago. “They eventually came home and beat those odds,” said the 40-year-old father, who treasures the time he's had to discover new...
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