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" SAY THEIR NAMES "

The New Yorker Cover Story during JUNETEENTH 2020


delivers a eulogy for state Senator Clementa Pinckney,
who was one of nine victims in the June 17, 2015,
shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

President Obama delivers a eulogy for state Senator Clementa Pinckney | C-SPAN

Published: June 26, 2015

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By 2008, nearly half of US states observed the holiday as a ceremonial observance.
Forty-six of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth
 as either a state holiday or ceremonial holiday, a day of observance.

155th Anniversary of "JUNETEENTH" 2020
This video Google Doodle, illustrated by Los Angeles-based guest artist Loveis Wise and narrated by actor and activist LeVar Burton, honors the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. Short for “June Nineteenth,” Juneteenth marks the true end of chattel slavery across the United States— which didn’t actually occur until 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Specifically, it marks the day when enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas (one of the westernmost points in the Confederate South) finally received news of their liberation.

Behind the Doodle: 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth





President Barack Obama views the Emancipation Proclamation in the Oval Office
next to a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2010

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