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June 21, 2022, 5:08 PM

Juneteenth and its implications for the economy and generational wealth

Real estate investor Jude Bernard discusses Juneteenth, financial literacy. Economic historian Ellora Derenoncourt explains the history of the racial wealth gap.
June 21, 2022, 5:08 PM
Juneteenth and its implications for the economy and generational wealth
June 21, 2022, 2:27 AM

By the Numbers: Celebrating Juneteenth

A look at the history behind Juneteenth, and how some states are still not fully recognizing the newest federal holiday.
June 21, 2022, 2:27 AM
By the Numbers: Celebrating Juneteenth
June 21, 2022, 1:22 AM

Why Juneteenth is unique among American holidays

Gregory Carr, chair of the department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University, speaks on educating Americans about Juneteenth and how to support the Black community on the holiday.
June 21, 2022, 1:22 AM
Why Juneteenth is unique among American holidays
June 20, 2022, 11:42 PM

Kamala Harris surprises children at African American history museum for Juneteenth

Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff surprised children on Monday at the National Museum of African American History and Culture for Juneteenth.
June 20, 2022, 11:42 PM
Kamala Harris surprises children at African American history museum for Juneteenth
June 20, 2022, 10:50 PM

VP Harris surprises kids at Juneteenth celebration

Vice President Kamala Harris greeted the children at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
June 20, 2022, 10:50 PM
VP Harris surprises kids at Juneteenth celebration
June 20, 2022, 4:43 PM

Why Black joy on Juneteenth is an act of resistance against racism

On Juneteenth, celebrations take place nationwide. The holiday highlights the power of Black joy as a protest.
June 20, 2022, 4:43 PM
Black joy on Juneteenth is an act of resistance against white supremacy
June 20, 2022, 12:55 PM

Meet Opal Lee, the 'grandmother of the movement' to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Opal Lee walked from Texas to Washington, D.C., to bring attention to Juneteenth.
June 20, 2022, 12:55 PM
94-year-old Opal Lee is 'grandmother of movement' to make Juneteenth federal holiday
June 20, 2022, 12:10 PM

Only 18 states recognize Juneteenth as paid holiday

One year after Juneteenth was signed into law as a federal holiday, 32 states still do not recognize it as a paid day off for workers.
June 20, 2022, 12:10 PM
Only 18 states recognize Juneteenth as paid holiday
June 20, 2022, 12:01 PM

Violence erupts at Juneteenth celebration in DC

A teenager was killed and three others were injured, including a Washington, D.C., police officer, when gunfire erupted at the "Moechella" concert on Sunday night.
June 20, 2022, 12:01 PM
Violence erupts at Juneteenth celebration in DC
June 20, 2022, 9:57 AM

Black Americans living abroad reflect on Juneteenth holiday

Some use it as an opportunity to educate people in their host countries.
June 20, 2022, 9:57 AM
Black Americans living abroad reflect on Juneteenth
June 20, 2022, 12:40 AM

Americans commemorate Juneteenth across country

The national holiday marks the day enslaved people in Texas first learned they were free.
June 20, 2022, 12:40 AM
Americans commemorate Juneteenth across country
June 19, 2022, 1:27 PM

Juneteenth offers message of hope, resiliency

Many Black people in the United States recognize June 19 as their Independence Day.
June 19, 2022, 1:27 PM
Prominent African Americans share Juneteenth messages of hope
June 18, 2022, 1:01 AM

Juneteenth celebrated across the US this weekend

President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law one year ago. The country is gearing up for its first ever Juneteenth National Holiday.
June 18, 2022, 1:01 AM
Juneteenth celebrated across the US this weekend
June 17, 2022, 7:47 PM

Importance of June 19 in our nation’s history

SiriusXM Radio host Mike Muse talks about local and federal recognition of Juneteenth.
June 17, 2022, 7:47 PM
Importance of June 19 in our nation’s history
June 17, 2022, 4:43 PM

'Soul of a Nation' presents Juneteenth celebration featuring iconic musicians

ABC News’ “Soul of a Nation” presents a new primetime special “Sound of Freedom - A Juneteenth Celebration.”
June 17, 2022, 4:43 PM
'Soul of a Nation' presents Juneteenth celebration featuring iconic musicians
June 17, 2022, 2:43 PM

T-shirts? Ice cream? Retailers cash in on Juneteenth

Retailers and marketers have been quick to commemorate Juneteenth.
June 17, 2022, 2:43 PM
T-shirts? Ice cream? Retailers cash in on Juneteenth
June 15, 2022, 8:05 PM

Despite push, states slow to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

The effort to officially celebrate Juneteenth as a paid holiday has faced skepticism inside legislatures that have largely chosen symbolic gestures to recognize the holiday while curtailing certain conversations on race and racism
June 15, 2022, 8:05 PM
Despite push, states slow to make Juneteenth a paid holiday
2 months ago

Juneteenth bill headed to Connecticut governor’s desk

The signing of the bill would make Juneteenth an official holiday in 10 U.S. states.
2 months ago
Juneteenth bill headed to Connecticut governor’s desk
2 months ago

Bill to make Juneteenth a holiday moves to governor's desk

Juneteenth is on its way to becoming an official holiday in Connecticut.
2 months ago
Bill to make Juneteenth a holiday moves to governor's desk
1 year ago

Celebrating Juneteenth

ABC’s Deb Roberts sits down with friends to discuss the role of Soul Food in U.S. history, and artist Kelis takes the food back to its roots on her farm, where she hones her culinary skills.
1 year ago
Celebrating Juneteenth
1 year ago

Celebrating Juneteenth

Sam Collins, co-chair of the Juneteenth Legacy Project, talks about what’s next for Juneteenth after President Joe Biden signed a bill to make it a federal holiday.
1 year ago
Celebrating Juneteenth
1 year ago

Juneteenth celebration marred by gun violence in California

One person died and six were injured during a celebration marking the first Juneteenth as a federal holiday, according to the Oakland Police Department.
1 year ago
Juneteenth celebration marred by gun violence in California
1 year ago

The celebration of the first federally observed Juneteenth

ABC News’ Marcus Moore is in Galveston, Texas, this morning where Union troops traveled on June 19, 1865, to inform slaves of their freedom granted by the Emancipation Proclamation.
1 year ago
The celebration of the first federally observed Juneteenth
1 year ago

Juneteenth celebrated across US

Americans commemorate the national holiday for the first time, after President Joe Biden signed the bill into law on Thursday.
1 year ago
Juneteenth celebrated across US
1 year ago

Juneteenth is now a national holiday. What's next?

Now that Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday, advocates are weighing in on how Americans should mark the occasion and what the day should mean going forward.
1 year ago
Juneteenth is now a national holiday. What's next?
1 year ago

Black farmers fight to keep their land, cultivate next generation

“It’s about fairness,” John Boyd Jr., a farmer and fierce advocate, said.
1 year ago
Black farmers fight to keep their land, cultivate next generation
1 year ago

On Juneteenth, descendants of America's Black change-makers speak out about preserving ancestors' legacy

Descendants of Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells and others spoke to ABC News.
1 year ago
Juneteenth: Descendants of Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X and others speak out
1 year ago

Juneteenth celebrations in images around the US

Juneteenth celebrations in images.
1 year ago
Juneteenth celebrations in images around the US
1 year ago

Biden signs bill making Juneteenth, marking end of slavery, a federal holiday

President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday to make Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery.
1 year ago
Biden signs bill making Juneteenth, marking end of slavery, a federal holiday
1 year ago

Rep. Jim Clyburn says new Juneteenth federal holiday gives him 'hope'

Clyburn says new legislation to mark Juneteenth as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States gives him hope.
1 year ago
Rep. Jim Clyburn says new Juneteenth federal holiday gives him 'hope'
1 year ago

Juneteenth and allyship

ABC News' Linsey Davis explores how a family in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, found themselves hosting conversations with their predominantly white neighbors about race.
1 year ago
Juneteenth and allyship
1 year ago

Meet Opal Lee, the Juneteenth ‘grandmother of the movement’

In 2016, 89-year-old Opal Lee walked from her home in Fort Worth, Texas, to the nation’s capital in an effort to get Juneteenth named a national holiday. She attended the signing on Thursday.
1 year ago
Meet Opal Lee, the Juneteenth ‘grandmother of the movement’
1 year ago

By the Numbers: Origins of Juneteenth

ABC News takes a look at how Juneteenth began as it becomes the first new federal holiday in the United States since 1983.
1 year ago
By the Numbers: Origins of Juneteenth
1 year ago

Young Black chefs across the country connect over the origin of ‘soul food’

ABC News’ Deborah Roberts co-hosted a Juneteenth dinner with friend and renowned chef Alexandra Smalls. Many ‘soul food’ dishes hold historic importance for what it means to be Black in America.
1 year ago
Young Black chefs across the country connect over the origin of ‘soul food’
1 year ago

For Juneteenth, Obama reflects on future of democracy and bridging the divide

Former President Barack Obama acknowledged a political divide but said he hopes for unity. He said that the next generation has the responsibility to further equality for all.
1 year ago
For Juneteenth, Obama reflects on future of democracy and bridging the divide
1 year ago

Federal holiday pressures companies to give Juneteenth off

The federal holiday pressures companies to give Juneteenth off.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Meet the ‘grandmother of Juneteenth’

Civil rights activist Opal Lee started a petition to make Juneteenth a national holiday and “walked thousands of miles” around Texas to promote her cause.
1 year ago
Meet the ‘grandmother of Juneteenth’
1 year ago

Obama: 'A lot of barriers still exist' as Juneteenth officially recognized

Plus, how white supremacy played a role in keeping the holiday from being celebrated nationwide for so long.
1 year ago
Obama: 'A lot of barriers still exist' as Juneteenth officially recognized
1 year ago

Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday
1 year ago
1 year ago

Professor Annette Gordon-Reed on the importance of Juneteenth

The Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of "On Juneteenth" tells "The View" that commemorating Juneteenth is “a major advance in human rights” and shares where the U.S. stands on race and inequity today.
1 year ago
Professor Annette Gordon-Reed on the importance of Juneteenth
1 year ago

Rep. Jim Clyburn says new Juneteenth federal holiday gives him ‘hope’

The South Carolina congressman tells "The View" that the bill was a “real good bipartisan demonstration of accepting the fact that slavery did exist and it did come to an end on June 19, 1865.”
1 year ago
Rep. Jim Clyburn says new Juneteenth federal holiday gives him ‘hope’
1 year ago

NAACP president discusses historic Juneteenth holiday

Derrick Johnson explains the importance of the day for communities of color across the U.S becoming a federal holiday.
1 year ago
NAACP president discusses historic Juneteenth holiday
1 year ago

Descendants of historic Black leaders share legacies

On Juneteenth, descendants of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells and Malcolm X share how their ancestors risked their lives for justice and how their work continues today.
1 year ago
Descendants of historic Black leaders share legacies
1 year ago

Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead

Black Americans are rejoicing after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday
1 year ago
1 year ago

Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

The new national holiday marks the day the last enslaved African-Americans were freed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.
1 year ago
Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday
1 year ago

Former President Barack Obama talks race, resilience and hope for Juneteenth

In a new “Soul of a Nation” special on ABC News, Obama sat down with “GMA’s” Michael Strahan ahead of Juneteenth to talk about its significance while looking toward the future.
1 year ago
Former President Barack Obama talks race, resilience and hope for Juneteenth
1 year ago

Biden declares Juneteenth a federal holiday

President Joe Biden signed a law that made Juneteenth, the day of freedom for U.S. slaves, a federal holiday. This is the first federal holiday created since Martin Luther King Jr. day.
1 year ago
Biden declares Juneteenth a federal holiday
1 year ago

EXPLAINER: The story of Juneteenth, the new federal holiday

The United States 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.”
1 year ago
1 year ago

President Biden signs bill recognizing Juneteenth as federal holiday

The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, but activists say the symbolic victory is far from the substantial change they have demanded.
1 year ago
President Biden signs bill recognizing Juneteenth as federal holiday
1 year ago

Juneteenth to become 1st new federal holiday since 1983

The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, but activists say it’s a far cry from the policy changes they have called for.
1 year ago
Juneteenth to become 1st new federal holiday since 1983