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Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s. But this year, following nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustices, there is renewed and more widespread interest in this day that celebrates freedom.
Social Security provides older Americans an important source of reliable income during retirement. This is especially true for African Americans, Hispanics and women, who often lack access to income from pensions or savings and rely more heavily on Social Security.
Join AARP Virginia as we have a community conversation celebrating African American history. Speakers include Ron Styles, Michelle Oliver, AARP Community Ambassadors, genealogists, and independent historians.
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Alan Romero and his twin brother have done well. Both highly educated, Romero is a financial planner and his brother is an engineer.
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By Maya Odom, Community Engagement Intern
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He was born to former slaves in 1875. His parents, Anne Eliza (Riddle) and James Henry Woodson, could neither read nor write. Instead of going to school, he stayed home and worked the family farm in New Canton, Va. Having largely taught himself, he didn’t attend high school until he was 20 years old.
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AARP Virginia is proud to be part of the 2013 Juneteenth Festival in Roanoke on June 15 and wants you to be there, too!
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Have you ever wondered about your family history? Do you have any idea where to begin researching?
Black History Month
February is Black History Month and so we're sharing a few of the diverse celebrations and special events taking place throughout our state to honor African-American history and culture. If you have an event you'd like us to add, please let us know in the comments. We'll keep this list updated throughout the month.
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