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Colleges see big drop in foreign-language enrollment; Kentucky advocates say it's time to bury medical debt; Young Farmers in Michigan hope the new farm bill will include key benefits regarding land access.

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The White House presses for supplemental Ukraine aid. Leaders condemn antisemitic attacks during Gaza ceasefire protests. Despite concerns about the next election, one Arizona legal expert says courts generally side with voters and democracy.

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Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

Juneteenth Commemorates Important Chapter in Black History

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Monday, June 19, 2023   

Today marks a historic chapter in American history for Black people.

On this date in 1865, slaves in Texas learned they were free from servitude - more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

The name "Juneteenth" is a combination of the month and date when Union Army General Gordon Granger made the announcement in Galveston.

Eunice Trotter is director of the Indiana Landmarks Black Heritage Preservation Program. She said the historic date has an Indiana connection.

"Indiana's United States Colored Troops 28 went to Galveston, Texas," said Trotter. "And at gunpoint, in many cases, forced the release of African Americans."

By the 1860s, Indiana had more than 60 Black settlements.

The official name for the holiday is Juneteenth National Independence Day. It is celebrated with family-themed festivals, parades, plays, poetry readings and more.

President Joe Biden signed the bill creating the holiday into law in 2021.

Research from the National Archives says between the 1910s and 1970s, six million freed slaves and their descendants traveled to the northern, midwestern and western U.S.

They wanted to escape discriminatory "Jim Crow" laws and pursue better economic and educational opportunities.

But Trotter said many of the freed slaves in Texas did not join what is known historically as "The Great Migration."

"My understanding is a lot of those people stayed there in Galveston," said Trotter. "They did not leave and run off after freedom, because they were free to be there."

A 2021 Brookings Institute study of Census Bureau data shows in the late 1970s, the "New Great Migration" emerged.

Many young Black, college-educated people, discouraged by race riots, discrimination and jobs lost to industrialization, began returning to the South.


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