Shannon Brady

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Fourth of July 2024

Also known as Independence Day, the Fourth of July is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the founding document declaring the thirteen original colonies on the East Coast that formed the first states to be a united and independent country free of British colonial rule. The … »
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NYC Pride March 2024

For twenty-five years, June has been officially recognized across the United States as Pride Month, originally designated “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month,” but expanded in 2011 to recognize the entirety of the LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and all others who fall under the umbrella of marginalized sexual orientations … »
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World Refugee Day 2024

On July 28, 1951, the United Nations held a special conference to establish the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which defined the legal status of a refugee, set standards for the acceptable treatment and legal rights of those who qualify as refugees, and grants certain benefits to refugees … »
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Juneteenth 2024

Juneteenth has a long and complex history. In January 1863, in the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which legally freed the 3.5 million African Americans enslaved in the southern Confederate States, which had seceded from the northern Union to continue keeping African … »
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