President Biden makes Juneteenth (June 19) national holiday!
“President Biden just signed a bill establishing Juneteenth — the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — as a federal holiday. Many federal workers will observe the holiday tomorrow, since this year June 19 falls on a Saturday.”
“Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments … they embrace them. Great nations don’t walk away, they come to terms with the mistakes they’ve made. In remembering those moments, we begin to heal and grow stronger,” Biden said at a signing ceremony at the White House attended by Vice President Harris, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and other lawmakers.
+ McClatchy News: Local cities organize Juneteenth celebrations for Saturday – Festivities are planned in Olympia, Lacey and Centralia.
+ The Olympian On June 19, 1865, enslaved Texans were freed, ending legal slavery in the United States. The occasion — known as Juneteenth — is being publicly and officially celebrated for the first time this year in South Sound, with events planned in Olympia, Lacey and Centralia.
+ KING-5 TV: Juneteenth history: Marking the end of slavery in America – The news of the end of slavery in America was delivered to slaves in Texas in 1865, more than two years after Lincoln declared the end to slavery.