MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:53:40 +0000 Black Americans celebrate Juneteenth holiday http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/67d22007a6ea4e319ac8c56a214a2ce3 Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren. (June 17) 67d22007a6ea4e319ac8c56a214a2ce3 Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:37:54 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:US NETWORK POOLWashington - 17 June 20211. Wide of U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the White House East Room2. Mid of Biden signing bill3. SOUNDBITE (English) Kamala Harris, U.S. Vice President:"The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in the Confederacy. So think about that. For more than two years, the enslaved people of Texas were kept in servitude. For more than two years, they were intentionally kept from their freedom. For more than two years. And then on that summer day, 156 years ago, the enslaved people of Texas learned the news. They learned that they were free and they claimed their freedom."ASSOCIATED PRESSSan Francisco - 17 June 20214. Various of people at rally marking passage of Juneteenth legislation in U.S. Congress, and signing of the legislation by President Joe Biden, people holding signs reading (English) "AM BLACK AND I MATTER"5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheryl Davis, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission:"Juneteenth was a signing of a piece of paper that was already two years in action. So we're not really as free as we think we are. So let Juneteenth be a day for us to remember that we still are in the fight and in the struggle. And similar to the folks in Texas, some of us have not yet opened our eyes to the reality of freedom. So I just want to say, let's celebrate Juneteenth, but let's not relax. Let's not sit down and let's not forget that we need to keep moving."ASSOCIATED PRESSLos Angeles – 17 June 20216. SOUNDBITE (English) Rev. Shane Harris, civil and human rights activist:"Far too late, but right on time. Let's give the president, Joe Biden, a big hand right now."US NETWORK POOLWashington DC - 17 June 20217. Wide of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi showing the Juneteenth Holiday bill surrounded by Congressional Black Caucus membersASSOCIATED PRESSEvanston, Illinois - 17 June 20218. SOUNDBITE (English) Robin Rue Simmons, Evanston reparations leader:"It changes nothing immediately. Today, we will continue with the racial terror and overpolicing and other forms of racial discrimination and disparities, economic disparities of wealth gap, housing disparities, achievement gap, life expectancy gaps. That does not change tomorrow with the passing of Juneteenth as a federal holiday. But it does allow us to hold this nation accountable, hold our elected accountable."US NETWORK POOLWashington - 17 June 20219. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"Juneteenth marks both a long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and the promise of a brighter morning to come. This is a day of profound, in my view, profound weight and profound power, a day in which we remember the moral stain and the terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take, what I've long called America's original sin."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren.At a jubilant White House bill-signing ceremony, Biden agreed that more than a commemoration of the events of June 19, 1865, is needed. That's when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — some 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had freed slaves in Southern states.Biden singled out voting rights as an area for action.Republican-led states have enacted or are considering legislation that activists argue would curtail the right to vote, particularly for people of color. Legislation to address voting rights issues, and institute policing reforms demanded after the killing of George Floyd and other unarmed Black men, remains stalled in the Congress that acted swiftly on the Juneteenth bill.Other people want the federal government to make reparations or financial payments to the descendants of slaves in an attempt to compensate for those wrongs. Meanwhile, efforts are afoot across the country to limit what school districts teach about the history of slavery in America.Community organizer Kimberly Holmes-Ross, who helped make her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, the first U.S. city to pay reparations, said she was happy about the new federal holiday because it will lead more people to learn about Juneteenth.But she would have liked Congress to act on anti-lynching legislation or voter protections first.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren. (June 17) Black Americans celebrate Juneteenth holiday