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Black Leaders Want To Erase Slavery From Utah Constitution

Black community leaders in Utah have launched a campaign to remove references to slavery from the state constitution. 

Fox 13 reports the state's founding document still technically allows for the practice as a punishment for a crime. The language is more than 100 years old and Black community leaders say removing it would be an important step forward at a time of heightened awareness of the ongoing effects of racial injustice. The Utah Legislature has approved a bill putting the question on the ballot, a required step to change the state constitution. Now leaders are working to convince people to vote for the change in November.