Juneteenth in 2020 gets the nationwide recognition it deserves.

Juneteenth has served as the commemoration of the day when some of the last of the enslaved finally learned of their freedom in 1865. In 1865, two years had passed since the Emancipation Proclamation, and slaves were deemed “legally” free. Amid a global pandemic and weeks of protest calling for racial equality, Juneteenth is being recognized by more states and by an array of companies than it ever has been before. View pictures and read about the nationwide Juneteenth celebrations here.merlin_173707107_ed8d07da-a507-4f83-a154-eed5c60b42a5-superJumbo

This day in history, Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

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On this day in history, Thurgood Marshall  was appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Thurgood Marshall was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and sat as the first African American to serve on the highest court in the country. Thurgood Marshall’s appointment exemplifies the importance of exercising one’s right to vote and the power that the President has in appointing Supreme Court Justices. Read more about Marshall’s appointment here.

Baltimore city’s election still cannot be determined following first election in Maryland primarily conducted by mail-in ballots.

Baltimore’s primary election which included primaries for the presidential election, mayoral seat, and Baltimore’s city council president took place on June 2nd,  2020. Days after the election the important local seats can still not be determined due to a number of issues with the mail in ballots which ultimately resulted in the state board of elections administrator resigning. Read more about the current status of Baltimore city elections here.city_hall_skyline

Voters opt to vote in person despite vote-by-mail option.

Recently, a number of states held their primaries. In Maryland, the state held their state and national primary elections. This was the state’s first time urging voters to vote primarily by mail due to Covid-19 restrictions. Voting in person was still allowed as an alternative for individuals who may not have received their ballot in the mail or experienced other obstacles. However, many people chose to vote in person and wait in line despite the mail-in option.  What took place in this election may be a predictor of what takes place in elections come November. Read more about voters experience in Maryland’s primary election here.

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