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Juneteenth

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Juneteenth

Juneteenth

Juneteenth

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Commentator Kenji Jasper considers whether we've outgrown the need to celebrate Juneteenth. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers traveled to Galveston, Texas, with word that President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. But they were nearly two years late with the news. Jasper believes all Americans should commemorate this day.