When President Trump last week scheduled a campaign rally on June 19th, or Juneteenth, it drew immediate criticism.
It is a holiday for many, but in the era of global Black Lives Matter protests it has an even greater significance.
What does June 19th mean in 2020?
[Voxpops in Sacramento, California.] "I didn't even grasp what the concept was, I had no idea." "In all of my schooling here in California, I'd never heard of it." "It's the end of slavery and it might be when the last state heard about it." Juneteenth is also known as Emancipation Day.
It marks the moment in 1865, after the end of the American Civil War, when the last group of black slaves were finally freed.
Multimedia messaging app Snapchat has apologised for a controversial Juneteenth themed filter that allowed users to "smile and break the chains." Snapchat said the lens that went live had not gone through its usual review protocols. "We deeply apologize for the offensive Juneteenth Lens. The Lens that went live hadn't been approved through our review process. We are investigating so this doesn't happen again," the Snapchat tweeted. The Multimedia messaging app also said that the company is investigating the 'mistake.' According to the Verge, Juneteenth is the anniversary of the day in 1865 when a group of enslaved people in Texas finally learned that slavery in the US had ended, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
The world is still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and people are taking to the streets to protest police brutality against Black people. It is also Juneteenth, the day to commemorate the official end of slavery in America. They also played new music with Legend premiering "Never Break" and Keys premiering "Perfect Way to Die." "I think we need a lot of hope right now," Keys said as she played "Empire State of Mind," a song she said provides hope.
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(Newser) – A former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with providing fentanyl to a player who died in his hotel room after taking it last year. Tyler Skaggs, 27, a pitcher, was found dead on a team road trip to Texas. The Angels said they commissioned their own investigation, which found "unacceptable behavior inconsistent with our code of conduct.
Joe Biden has named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate,making history by selecting the first black woman to compete on a majorparty's presidential ticket. In choosing Ms Harris, Mr Biden is embracing aformer rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the pressures ofa national campaign. The 55-year-old first-term senator is also one of theparty's most prominent figures and quickly became a top contender for thenumber two spot after her own White House campaign ended.
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The sitting President of the United States is seeking a second term, and is floating the idea of delaying the upcoming election. Even in the depths of the Civil War, that's something America has never done. But according to CNN, delaying the election is something President Donald Trump's team has been hinting at for quite some time. Last May, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was asked by Time magazine if he was willing to "commit that the elections will happen on November third.
The top U.S. general said on Thursday that the military had to take a "hard look" at symbols of the Confederacy, including the names of bases, and said he had recommended a commission to look at the issue. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
Speaking as the newly-elected Taoiseach of the 33rd Irish parliament, Micheal Martin said to be elected to serve as Taoiseach “is one of the greatest honours which anyone can receive”.Mr Martin will lead a three-party coalition consisting of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party.It is the first time in history that former Civil War rivals Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have governed together.
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Alicia Keys has marked Juneteenth, when the Emancipation Proclamation was read to Texan slaves on 19 June 1865 after the South lost the U.S. Civil War, by dropping an emotional balled called ‘Perfect Way to Die’, and in it she unleashes her feelings about police brutality.
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Taylor Swift has marked Juneteenth with a message highlighting the significance of the holiday and she shared an article from The Root that included a video of its history, when the Emancipation Proclamation was read to Texan slaves on the 19th of June 1865, after the South lost the U.S. Civil War.
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Occurred on June 19, 2020 / Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, USA Info from Licensor: "2020 Juneteenth celebration, BLM rally in rural America and it's opposing views on BLM movement. This was filmed in Greene..