Some college students worry Ohio bill would require slavery to be taught from ‘both sides’

BY: - June 19, 2023

Most students have Juneteenth off from classes in Ohio, but education advocates worry that a bill close to passing the Ohio Legislature would prevent them from learning why. Juneteenth recognizes the fall of slavery in the United States, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas. But Kent State University student Wahinya Njau says that for […]

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

BY: - June 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. known as Juneteenth. “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names—Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at the White […]

Ohio senator seeks removal of slavery exception from Ohio Constitution

BY: - June 19, 2020

An Ohio senator says he will be introducing a resolution to remove an existing piece of the Ohio Constitution that allows slavery as punishment for a crime.  State Sen. Cecil Thomas, D-Avondale, did not give a timeline for the introduction of the resolution, but announced his intention on Juneteenth, which commemorates June 19, 1865, when […]