July 4, Juneteenth and the meaning of national holidays

We set our calendars around national holidays — from December 25 for Christmas to July 4 for Independence Day, and, starting this year, June 19 for Juneteenth. But national holidays, even for the country's founding, didn't start until the United States was nearly 100 years old.

Veteran's mic muted as he told of Black people's role in Memorial Day origin

An investigation is underway after a veteran’s microphone was cut off as his Memorial Day speech ventured into how former slaves in Charleston, South Carolina helped start the holiday when they dug up the remains of 200 Union soldiers to give them a proper burial shortly after the Civil War ended.