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Happy Juneteenth! It is the 154th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day slavery totally ended, on June 19th, 1865, when the last group of slaves in America, located in Galveston, Texas, learned news of the Civil War ending and Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Today we recognizing those who fought to end slavery.
Today we still recognize that we are still fighting for change.
Today will be the first Congressional hearing on slavery reparations in a decade. Actor Danny Glover and Senator Cory Booker will testify. Many people packed out the halls of Congress this morning to show their support for the hearing. A huge day in our history. The H.R. 40 calls for commission to study and develop reparation proposals for african-americans, plus a formal apology front he U.S. government for human rights violations and “crimes against humanity of African slaves and their descendants.”
The commission is supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Written by Clarke Jones