Latest Juneteenth News

Tulsa city and county adopt Juneteenth as official holiday

Oct. 12, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The city of Tulsa and Tulsa County have each announced they will officially recognize Juneteenth as a holiday. June 19 will be an additional paid holiday for city and county employees beginning in 2022. June 19, 1865, is the...

Opal Lee’s Juneteenth dream came true, but she isn’t done

Oct. 08, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Opal Lee's dream of seeing Juneteenth become a federal holiday was finally realized over the summer, but the energetic woman who spent years rallying people to join her push for the day commemorating the end of slavery is hardly letting up on a lifetime of work...

After vandalism, NYC George Floyd statue cleaned, will move

Jul. 24, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A statue of George Floyd that was defaced in Brooklyn has been cleaned and is headed for Manhattan's Union Square. The artwork was unveiled on the Juneteenth holiday in a spot on Flatbush Avenue. Five days later on June 24, it was vandalized with black...

Labor agreements reached for thousands of state employees

Jul. 23, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of state employees in Minnesota would get a raise and a new paid holiday if labor contract agreements are finalized. Minnesota's two biggest state employee unions on Thursday reached agreements with negotiators from Gov. Tim Walz's...