Latest Juneteenth News

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 27, 2024 21:49 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 19, 2024. Editorial: The Juneteenth federal holiday should be celebrated in Florida, not shunned Enjoy Juneteenth, the latest celebration to join New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day and Christmas Day as a date-specific federal...

15 shot after a 'sideshow' took over a peaceful Juneteenth celebration in Oakland, police say

Jun. 20, 2024 18:19 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fifteen people were shot after an illegal "sideshow” took over a peaceful Juneteenth celebration in Oakland, California, police said Thursday. Investigators are seeking multiple shooters — more than 50 shell casings were recovered at the scene —...

Police say 15 people were shot during Juneteenth celebration in Oakland, California

Jun. 20, 2024 17:31 PM EDT
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police say 15 people were shot during Juneteenth celebration in Oakland, California.

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 20, 2024 14:25 PM EDT

Post and Courier. June 18, 2024. Editorial: We can’t debate value of SC pork projects, because they’re still too obscured If you want to find out how the S.C. House plans to spend $275 million on local projects undertaken by public and private organizations,...

On Juneteenth, monument dedicated in Alabama to those who endured slavery

Jun. 19, 2024 18:59 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of surnames grace the towering monument, representing the more than 4 million enslaved people who were freed after the Civil War. The Equal Justice Initiative, a criminal justice reform nonprofit, invoked the Juneteenth holiday — the day that...

On Juneteenth, a journalist honors ancestor at ceremony for Black soldiers who served in Civil War

Jun. 19, 2024 12:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the middle of the night in the summer of 2021 when I finally found the missing piece of my family history. My great-great-great-great grandfather Hewlett Sands, born into slavery in Oyster Bay, New York in 1820, was one of the more than 200,000 names listed...

Today in History: June 19, Senate approves Civil Rights Act of 1964

Jun. 19, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 19, the 171st day of 2024. There are 195 days left in the year. This is Juneteenth. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 19, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the U.S. Senate, 73-27, after...

The beginner's guide to celebrating Juneteenth

Jun. 18, 2024 16:34 PM EDT

For more than one-and-a-half centuries, the Juneteenth holiday has been sacred to many Black communities. It marks the day in 1865 enslaved people in Galveston, Texas found out they had been freed — after the end of the Civil War, and two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Jun. 18, 2024 12:54 PM EDT

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. June 14, 2024. Editorial: Kids Count data gives Indiana an opportunity to do better If the health of children and youth is an indication of how a community cares for its young people, then Indiana is struggling to meet that measure. ...

Opal Lee gets keys to her new Texas home 85 years after a racist mob drove her family from that lot

Jun. 14, 2024 21:53 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Opal Lee, the 97-year-old Texan known for her push to make Juneteenth a national holiday, was given the keys Friday to her new home, which was built on the same tree-lined corner lot in Fort Worth that her family was driven from by a racist mob when she was 12. ...