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Juneteenth: A day of joy and pain - and now national action


Last updated 6/18/2020 at 1:28pm

In this June 5, 2020, file photo, protesters raise their fists during a rally in support of Black Lives Matter outside the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. Juneteenth 2020 will be a day of protest in may places Friday, June 19. Celebrations held from coast to coast will include marches and demonstrations of civil disobedience. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)


Associated Press

In just about any other year, Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage, would be marked by African American families across the nation with a cookout, a parade, a community festival, a soulful rendition of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing."

But in 2020, as the coronavirus ravishes black America disproportionately, as economic uncertainty wrought by the pandemic strains black pocketbooks, and as police brutality continues to devastate black families, Juneteenth is a d...

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