Juneteenth: Honor Those Who Believed in an America That Didn’t Believe in Them


Filomena Murphy, daughter of NFL football player Louis Murphy Jr., prepares to place a rose in a vase honoring black men killed by police officers, during a Juneteenth 2020 celebration outside the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum Friday, June 19, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Lonnie bunch, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, joined CBS Face the Nation to discuss the importance of Juneteenth becoming a national holiday and the impact of the last year on Americans.

“This is really about helping a nation remember something it often doesn’t want to remember, and helping a nation to honor those people who were enslaved but they believed in an America that didn’t believe in them.”

Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, poses for a photograph at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Bunch has been named as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian and the first African American to lead the organization. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Mayors of several major cities are calling for reparations for African-Americans. Eleven cities, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Denver, have formed an advisory committees that will develop a reparations pilot project.

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