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On Juneteenth, this mostly Black women-led group was fighting to end systemic racism

A mostly Black women-led panel of public health experts recognized the irony: They were announcing their plans to fight systemic racism on Juneteenth, the day celebrating the end of chattel slavery.

They didn’t feel free.

“Here we are over 100 years later, still seeking health, peace and justice,” said Pamela Pugh, the health chair for the Michigan State Conference NAACP. United States independence, she added, didn’t seem to apply to Black people.

Leaders from NAACP and Black Lives Matter Michigan gathered for an online meeting Friday to proclaim: “We are Done Dying.”

Read more in Lansing State Journal.

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