There is a growing discontent in the African American community with symbolic gestures that are presented as progress without any accompanying economic or structural change.
Day off? Extra pay? Or business as usual? Federal workers usually get holidays off, but the short notice on Juneteenth has created some exceptions. And companies aren't required to observe holidays.
Chef Chris Williams from the Houston restaurant Lucille's talks about how he started the restaurant, the nonprofit that grew from it, and his mixed feelings about Juneteenth.
Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy and Long Division, recommends five "incisive and innovative" books on social justice for Juneteenth.
June 19 is a commemoration of the end of chattel slavery in the United States, marking the day enslaved people in Texas were finally freed — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Many Americans will acknowledge Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when the last of enslaved African Americans were finally freed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19.
Baseball's box scores instantly turn human accomplishments into history. But for decades, Negro League players' statistics were kept segregated from other major leagues.
The wealthy duo's defense lawyer told NPR they "understand that what they did is a violation of Missouri law" but if faced with a similar situation, Mark McCloskey would do it again.
"We can all finally celebrate. The whole country together," says Opal Lee, 94, who has been working for years to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.
President Biden signed a law Thursday making June 19 a federal holiday. Juneteenth, as the day is known, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
Colette Baptiste-Mombo and her family moved to an all-white suburb at the height of the civil rights era. She shares how racist attacks changed her life, and how she deals with generational trauma.
President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday afternoon that establishes Juneteenth, the date that marked the end of slavery, as a federal holiday.
We are thrilled (and, frankly, devastated) to announce that Code Switch host and senior producer Shereen Marisol Meraji will be leaving Code Switch in August for a couple of new opportunities.
June 19, 1865, marked a huge turning point for black people in America.
The yes vote comes a day after the Senate unanimously moved to recognize June 19 as a commemoration of the end of chattel slavery in the United States.