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1. Juneteenth is Now a Federal Holiday

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As African Americans and allies in this country prepare to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation Tuesday to make the day a federal holiday and recognize the emancipation of formerly enslaved African Americans.

2. Despite Dim Odds, Democrats Nationwide Push for Voting Rights

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Senate Democrats are pushing ahead in their fight for voting rights. Even as the party faces opposition from both sides of the aisle to pass the For the People Act, a vote for the bill will be put on the floor as early as next week.

3. Coronavirus Update: U.S. Surpasses 600,000 Covid-19 Deaths

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This week, the U.S. reported more than 600,000 deaths related to Covid-19. The tally by Johns Hopkins University marks yet another grim milestone as nationwide demand for vaccinations appears to be slowing.

4. Indianapolis Policeman Sues NFL over Social Justice Campaign

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An Indianapolis police officer involved in the killing of a Black man last year, is suing the NFL for defamation, alleging acts that amounted to social injustice.

5. Does The $1 Billion DNA Kit Market Hold African American Ancestry Keys?

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Companies like 23andMe and Ancestry have made a profitable model out of exploiting our natural curiosities, whether it’s tracing our lineage back to Africa or taking a greater investment in our personal health.

WATCH: What You Need To Know — June 17, 2021: Juneteenth Holiday — Democrats Push for Voting Rights — 600K+ Covid-19 Deaths  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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