Removing Monuments of Slavery and Oppression from Public Spaces

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People gather at the Robert E. Lee Monument, now covered by protest graffiti, in Richmond, Va., Sunday, June 7, 2020, following a week of unrest in the U.S. against police brutality and racism in policing. The statue of the Confederate Civil War general is slated for removal at the order of Gov. Ralph Northam. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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People gather at the Robert E. Lee Monument, now covered by protest graffiti, in Richmond, Va., Sunday, June 7, 2020, following a week of unrest in the U.S. against police brutality and racism in policing. The statue of the Confederate Civil War general is slated for removal at the order of Gov. Ralph Northam. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Trump raised eyebrows with his claim that he made Juneteenth famous.

While the president revels in this Civl Rights era moment, the movement to remove Confederate monuments from Washington, DC and in public places statewide is taking shape led by Congress members Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).

April Ryan speaks with Rep. Lee on the legislation she introduced in 2017.

Click ▶️ to listen to AURN Washington Bureau Chief April Ryan’s White House Report:

Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the delegation lead by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, looks on Ghana’s Parliament in Accra, Ghana, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Ghana as the head of a Congressional delegation to address Ghana’s lawmakers on Wednesday. While in Ghana, Pelosi and other members of the U.S. Congress plan discussions on “regional security, sustainable and inclusive development and the challenges of tomorrow including the climate crisis.” (AP Photo/Christian Thompson) hake with Ghanas Menbers of Paliament as she exit the chamber. Ghana,Accra. 31 jul;y 2019 AP IMAGES/CHRISTIAN THOMPSON

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