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4d ago

What it feels like to see your name on a list of slaves sold by Georgetown University

How I discovered my family may be related to a young enslaved girl sold by Georgetown University in 1838.
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Biden signs into law bill establishing Juneteenth as federal holiday

Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, when a Union Army general arrived in Galveston, Texas, and informed enslaved African Americans that the Civil War had ended and they were free.
Image: President Joe Biden hands a pen to Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, in the East Room of the White House on June 17, 2021.
Image: President Joe Biden hands a pen to Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., after signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, in the East Room of the White House on June 17, 2021.

Map: See which states have passed critical race theory bills

This week, Texas became the fifth state to sign such a bill into law, and more than a dozen other states are considering them.
Syndication: Arizona Republic
Syndication: Arizona Republic
5d ago

In Netflix's 'Fatherhood,' Kevin Hart gives a white dad's memoir new layers

By casting Black actors in the adaptation, the movie is able to address Black maternal mortality, stereotypes about Black fatherhood and Black joy.
Image: Kevin Hart, Melody Hurd
Image: Kevin Hart, Melody Hurd
6d ago

House passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

The Senate unanimously voted for the measure Tuesday. The bill now heads to President Joe Biden's desk, and Democrats hope he signs it into law by June 19.
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, walks through the Rayburn House Office building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on June 4, 2021.
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, walks through the Rayburn House Office building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on June 4, 2021.
7d ago

Senate unanimously passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Juneteenth, which takes place annually on June 19, marks the true end of slavery in the United States.
Image: U.S. Capitol exterior
Image: U.S. Capitol exterior
7d ago

Viral video shows police use Taser on teen to enforce vaping ban

In a separate incident also caught on video, an officer can be seen repeatedly thrusting his knee into one teen who was already pinned to the ground by other officers.
Image: Teen tased in Maryland for vaping
Image: Teen tased in Maryland for vaping
7d ago

Charleston, S.C., church to honor victims with forum on healing

Six years after the Charleston church shooting, Mother Emanuel AME will hold a discussion on forgiveness, reconciliation and social justice.
Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial outside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.,  on June 18, 2015, after a mass shooting at the church the night before.
Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial outside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.,  on June 18, 2015, after a mass shooting at the church the night before.
8d ago

Lin-Manuel Miranda apologizes for lack of Afro-Latino representation in 'In the Heights'

"I’m truly sorry. I’m learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I’m listening," Miranda said in a statement.
Image: \"In The Heights\" Opening Night Premiere - 2021 Tribeca Festival
Image: \"In The Heights\" Opening Night Premiere - 2021 Tribeca Festival
8d ago

What Darnella Frazier's Pulitzer means for citizen journalism and white gatekeeping

The most prestigious award in journalism didn't go to a single Black reporter for its first 60 years — and it's never gone to anyone like Frazier.
A police body camera shows bystanders including Alyssa Funari, left filming, Charles McMillan, center left in light colored shorts, Christopher Martin center in gray, Donald Williams, center in black, Genevieve Hansen, fourth from right filming, Darnella Frazier, third from right filming, as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck for several minutes in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.
A police body camera shows bystanders including Alyssa Funari, left filming, Charles McMillan, center left in light colored shorts, Christopher Martin center in gray, Donald Williams, center in black, Genevieve Hansen, fourth from right filming, Darnella Frazier, third from right filming, as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck for several minutes in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.
8d ago

How a shake-up at medicine's old guard is forcing racism into the light

The AMA's new push to grapple with health equity highlights a growing consciousness. And it's complicated.
Photo collage: Cut out images of an engraved drawing of the surgical anatomy of the human neck arteries, vaccine vials and surgeons performing a surgery..
Photo collage: Cut out images of an engraved drawing of the surgical anatomy of the human neck arteries, vaccine vials and surgeons performing a surgery..