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Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, is marked across US

Jun. 19, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

Parades, picnics and lessons in history were offered Saturday to commemorate Juneteenth in the U.S., a day that carried even more significance after Congress and President Joe Biden created a federal holiday to observe the end of slavery. A new holiday was “really...

Californians fete Juneteenth with street parades, festivals

Jun. 19, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For 20 years, Sacramento’s Black community has organized a Juneteenth festival to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration features a parade, talent show, food and health fair, and even a golf tournament. It’s a...

Federal holiday pressures companies to give Juneteenth off

Jun. 19, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The declaration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is putting the pressure on more U.S. companies to give their employees the day off, accelerating a movement that took off last year in response to the racial justice protests that swept the country. ...

Memphis erases Confederate general from its public spaces

Jun. 19, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s polarizing presence has hung over Memphis since he moved here in 1852 — his legacy cemented by a giant statue that loomed over all who passed his gravesite in a popular park. Defenders considered him a...

Voting debate roils Washington but leaves many voters cold

Jun. 19, 2021 07:41 AM EDT

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Brenda Martinez, a 19-year-old community college student, thinks the government should help immigrant students more. Donald Huffman is worried about turning 50 next week with no work available because the federal government is delaying the pipelines he usually helps...

AP PHOTOS: On patrol with police in Paris' tough suburbs

Jun. 19, 2021 02:25 AM EDT

VILLIERS-LE-BEL, France (AP) — Both fuming and bragging, the man told the police officers that he used his car as a weapon during the street battle in a northern suburb of Paris, ramming the vehicle into a fighter from a rival group. “I destroyed him,” the man said....

Nonprofits look to improve Wisconsin homeownership disparity

Jun. 19, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — To Greg Lewis, the home was beautiful. Cozy and inviting, the two-bedroom house in Milwaukee had a finished basement, two and a half car garage, an attached apartment and a yard. He had his eyes set on it for 42 days, only to learn that the...

UM dental school group looks to promote diversity, inclusion

Jun. 19, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new student group in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is looking to continue the effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the school. The group, Better Together, hosted its first event on May 25, exactly one year after...

Column: White-dominated swimming struggles to diversify

Jun. 18, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Cullen Jones still remembers the first time he really felt hate at a swimming pool. He was a teenager growing up in New York City, competing for the first time at higher-level meets where he stood out as one of the few Black swimmers. ...

Massachusetts marks 1st celebration of Juneteenth holiday

Jun. 18, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some of Massachusetts top political leaders gathered with activists and local residents Friday to celebrate the country’s newest federal holiday, Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston acting Mayor Kim...