ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A legal filing by a Black firefighter in western New York alleges he was pressured by a superior into going to a party that contained racist imagery.
In a notice of claim filed Thursday, Jerrod Jones said the party occurred last month at a private home in a wealthy section of Rochester.
BIXBY, Okla. (AP) — A Black business leader and community activist who joined Tulsa civic leaders in fighting then-President Donald Trump's plan to hold a campaign rally on Juneteenth in a city known as the site of one of the nation's deadliest white-on-Black mob attacks has been killed in what police describe as a domestic incident at her home.
BANGKOK (AP) — As the United States marks only the second federally recognized Juneteenth, Black Americans living overseas have embraced the holiday as a day of reflection and an opportunity to educate people in their host countries on Black history.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. financial markets will observe the Juneteenth holiday for the first time Monday.
Last year, Juneteenth was designated a federal holiday to mark the effective end of slavery in the U.S.
TOKYO (AP) — European benchmarks were higher Monday after most Asian markets retreated, while the price of bitcoin hovered near $20,000.
U.S. futures advanced and oil prices fell back early Monday.
DALLAS (AP) — After Opal Lee led hundreds in a walk through her Texas hometown to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, the 95-year-old Black woman who helped successfully push for the holiday to get national recognition said it's important that people learn the history behind it.
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NEW YORK (AP) — On the eve of Juneteenth, the Tribeca Festival came to a close with the Rev. Al Sharpton documentary “Loudmouth” in a premiere that united on stage Sharpton and Spike Lee — two towering New York figures who have each been vilified and celebrated for careers championing racial justice.
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Today is Sunday, June 19, the 170th day of 2022. There are 195 days left in the year. This is Juneteenth. (The federal holiday will be observed on Monday, June 20.) This is Father’s Day.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi communities are commemorating Juneteenth with events ranging from history-themed dinners to live music performances to street festivals.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A new plaque to honor soldiers unrecognized in a longstanding Brattleboro Civil War monument because of racial and class issues of the time will be dedicated on Sunday, Juneteenth.
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers and marketers have been quick to commemorate Juneteenth with an avalanche of merchandise from ice cream to T-shirts to party cups.
But many are getting backlash on social media for what critics say undermines the day, designated as a federal holiday last year to honor the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.
JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town has created a scholarship fund and will fly the Juneteenth flag to recognize and begin atoning for its role in the slave trade.
The Jamestown Town Council approved a resolution this week in memory of the family of Betty Martin and “all who suffered the brutalities and injustice of slavery in our community."
RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) — A caucus supporting African Americans within the North Carolina Democratic Party announced on Wednesday it's boycotting statewide party events this weekend because it said party officials overlooked Juneteenth and Father's Day.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Recognition of Juneteenth, the effective end of slavery in the U.S., gained traction after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020.
HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is observing Juneteenth with two free presentations.
Ranger Layton Carr will lead a discussion at 11 a.m. Saturday about Abraham Lincoln’s legacy in pushing for emancipation and how that led to the formation of Juneteenth, the National Park Service said in a statement.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared Juneteenth as a state holiday.
Juneteenth is recognized on June 19 each year and celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States in 1865.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University will be recruiting for an oral history project during Murfreesboro’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday.
MTSU researcher Jason McGowan is collecting the stories of Middle Tennessee African American families for a yearlong project that began in February.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has authorized Juneteenth Day — the federal holiday marking the end of slavery — as a holiday for state workers this year in Alabama.
Ivey issued a memo earlier this month authorizing the day as a holiday for state workers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Several artists including Bun B, Lupe Fiasco, 6LACK and Brittney Spencer have recorded songs honoring Juneteenth for Apple Music.
Performers from different genres composed new tracks, while others recorded cover songs for the second annual “Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Songs” playlist, which launches Friday on the streaming platform.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tens of thousands of North Carolina state employees are now provided with paid leave to observe a day of "personal significance," Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Monday.
Cooper's executive order gives workers in Cabinet-level agencies an additional eight hours of leave annually for an observance that includes but isn't limited to days of cultural or religious importance.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina will close state offices on Tuesday to mark Confederate Memorial Day.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Following an emotional debate over a new state holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, Connecticut lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday night making it the latest state to officially recognize “Juneteenth”
DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have passed a bill designating Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S., as an official state holiday, and Gov. Jared Polis is expected to sign it.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that would allow state employees to take the Juneteenth holiday or any other day instead of Confederate Memorial Day unanimously passed the South Carolina Senate on Tuesday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill giving state employees a floating holiday to replace Confederate Memorial Day is heading to the South Carolina Senate floor.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are mulling a proposal advocated by the governor to make Juneteenth a state holiday.
On Tuesday, a Senate panel advanced the legislation backed by GOP Gov.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem has signed a bill that makes Juneteenth an official state holiday in South Dakota.
South Dakota was the last state to make June 19 a legal holiday with North Dakota approving legislation last April and Hawaii declaring the holiday with legislation in June.
ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Brian Kemp is supporting a plan to add Juneteenth as a mandatory 13th holiday for Georgia state employees.
Georgia law now mandates the observance of the 10 federal holidays set in 1984, when Martin Luther King Jr.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Employees who work for the state government will get 5% raises next October under new labor contracts.
The Michigan Civil Service Commission approved the three-year collective bargaining agreements Wednesday.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — All active school district employees in Gwinnett County eligible for benefits are in line to get $1,000 in bonuses next month as well as a paid Juneteenth holiday next year.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A museum dedicated to telling the history of Juneteenth with a national scope is set to be built in Fort Worth, Texas.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is considering a statewide court holiday on Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery.
The court said it will accept public comment and hold a hearing in the months ahead.
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.
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 teaching and helping others.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress formally endorsed the Declaration of Independence. Celebrations began within days: parades and public readings, bonfires and candles and the firing of 13 musket rounds, one for each of the original states.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's law making Juneteenth a state holiday won't officially take place until next year. But people were still celebrating Saturday, especially with President Joe Biden signing a federal law.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin joined in a Juneteenth Day celebration in his home state only to see his speech drowned out by a chorus of boos.
Johnson made an appearance Saturday at a Republican Party booth in Milwaukee, where he drew a growing crowd once people recognized him.
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.
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.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nation celebrated Juneteenth on Saturday, memorializing the end of slavery in the United States. In Nevada, the date has been observed for a decade.
“We should know the true history of America,” said former Nevada Assemblyman Harvey Munford, now 80, a longtime Las Vegas-area educator who sponsored a bill that passed the 2011 state Legislature to mark the date.
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.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest city is holding its first official Juneteenth celebration this weekend, commemorating the end of slavery.
Live performances, food, and activities will be offered all weekend, WPTZ-TV reports.
BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town that was a center of the transatlantic slave trade is commemorating Juneteenth by unveiling a new marker recognizing its role in slavery.
Officials on Saturday were placing the first of two planned slavery markers in town at the Linden Place Museum, a mansion built in the 1800s by General George DeWolf, a prominent merchant and slave trader.
ATLANTA (AP) — It was too late this year for Georgia state workers to get the new Juneteenth holiday off, even though some federal agencies scheduled to close on Friday to observe the day in advance of the actual June 19 date on Saturday.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As weekend celebrations for Juneteenth begin, Utah organizers are working to keep conversations around racial equality going in this year’s events.
The day that falls Saturday is set to commemorate the final emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the U.S.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response.
The U.S. government is catching up with Black people who have been commemorating the end of slavery in the United States for generations with a day called “Juneteenth.”
President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday that was passed by Congress to set aside Juneteenth, or June 19th, as a federal holiday.