(WILLOWBROOK, Ill.) -- At least 23 people were injured, one fatally, when gunfire erupted early Sunday at a Juneteenth celebration in suburban Chicago, authorities said.The shooting unfolded about 12:30 a.m. in the parking lot of a strip mall in Willowbrook, about 23 miles west of... Read More.
(GALVESTON, Texas) -- Ahead of Juneteenth, Galveston, Texas, was recognized as being the original birthplace of the African American holiday.The City of Galveston hosted an event Friday that featured an unveiling of a new welcome sign along the highway to greet visitors who enter... Read More.
(WASHINGTON) -- Three legislators are working to abolish the so-called slavery loophole in the U.S. Constitution ahead of Juneteenth, which marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free.As it stands, the Constitution states: “Neither slavery nor involuntary... Read More.
(WASHINGTON) -- A teenage suspect was arrested in Washington, D.C., on Thursday in connection with a mass shooting that killed one person and wounded three others, police said.The 15-year-old boy, who lives in the northwestern part of the U.S. capital, was taken into custody... Read More.
(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff made a surprise visit to schoolchildren at the National Museum of African American History and Culture to talk about the meaning of Juneteenth as the nation observed the new federal holiday on Monday.Children... Read More.
(NEW YORK) -- Opal Lee, 95, has spent much of her life advocating for civil rights. When she was just 12, her family home was vandalized and set ablaze by white supremacists, none of whom were arrested.It led her down a lifetime of trying... Read More.
(NEW YORK) -- Buffalo, New York, has one of the country's largest Juneteenth celebrations outside of Texas, according to event organizers.Each year on June 19, the community comes together to honor the day that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned they were free, about 2... Read More.
(NEW YORK) -- While June 19, 1865, is widely regarded as a day of liberation, its celebration for some simultaneously brings into question just how far that freedom goes.For real estate entrepreneur Jude Bernard, Juneteenth is a reminder of generational wealth deprived."The whole story behind... Read More.
Jimmie Allen is commemorating Juneteenth tonight with a hosting spot celebrating the holiday, and Black Music Month, with performances from an all-genre array of stars.Called Sound of Freedom -- A Juneteenth Celebration, the special is part of ABC News’ Soul of a Nation series.... Read More.
Beatrice Peterson, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- It's been more than a month since a dozen civil rights and religious groups say they sent a letter to the White House calling on President Joe Biden sign an executive order to study reparations by Juneteenth, or this... Read More.
While most Americans prepare to celebrate the country’s freedom on July 4, many Black people in the United States recognize June 19 as their independence day.What’s widely known as Juneteenth, but also referred to as Jubilee Day or Black Independence Day, is the significant... Read More.