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It’s Juneteenth, and a White Nationalist Is President

By Commentaries/Opinions

Marking the holiday and wrestling with our troubled past is the way to find the path to a more equitable future. By Barrett Holmes Pitner — With the South rising again on the watch of President Donald Trump, who plans to turn the Fourth of July this year from a celebration of America to a celebration of himself, it’s time for Americans who champion equality to begin celebrating Juneteenth. June…

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) sponsored HR 40, legislation to form a commission to study slavery reparations for African Americans.

Reparations for slavery to get a hearing in Congress

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and Actor Danny Glover to testify House subcommittee will discuss issue on 19 June – ‘Juneteenth’ The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House of Representatives panel. 6.19.19 Event NAARC and ACLU Present a National Forum: Healing and Reconciliation, HR-40 and the…

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Black-ish, Juneteenth, season 4 premiere, episode 1

Black-ish Embraces the Urgency of History

By Editors' Choice

The show’s fourth-season premiere, “Juneteenth: The Musical,” is a comedy. And a work of education. And an indictment. By Megan Garber, The Atlantic — This post contains spoilers for Season 4, Episode 1 of Black-ish. The sitcom, traditionally, is a form that revels in insularity. The small collection of close-knit characters; the settings—the office, the kitchen, the living-room couch—that remain relatively unchanged over weeks and months and years; the repeating…

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The Juneteenth action in Oakland, California. (Photo Credit: Zoe Samudzi)

How Black Communities Across the Country Are Retaking Land and Demanding Reparations

By Reparations

A conversation with Chinyere Tutashinda of the BlackOUT Collective. By Sarah Jaffe Juneteenth is not a federal holiday—but it should be. It is the day that the news of emancipation reached the last group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, months after the Emancipation Proclamation and even the official end of the Civil War. To mark the day, and its unfulfilled promises, a group of organizers planned a day of…

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