Senate bill introduced to make Juneteenth a national holiday

Senate bill introduced to make Juneteenth a national holiday

Senate bill introduced to make Juneteenth a national holiday

Thousands of people are expected at a march Friday in Seattle's Central District, one of several events to celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed.

It took two and a half years for the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach slaves in Texas.

The singer made her pledge in honour of the 155th anniversary of the full emancipation of all African-American slaves, insisting she has changed her life forever as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, said he wants the federal government to make Juneteenth a holiday as a way to acknowledge the nation's history and celebrate its black citizens.

Today is June 19, or Juneteenth.

Mayor Hogsett issued a proclamation officially acknowledging the Juneteenth as a holiday in Indianapolis on Friday morning, as well. The day is an important part of her childhood. And corporations from Twitter to Target, Nike to the National Football League, have also made Juneteenth a paid holiday.

Now, immediately after weeks of protests towards systemic racism circling the globe, a quantity of prominent corporations in the USA like Twitter, Nike, Mastercard, Google and Target have designated June 19 a corporation vacation.

"I personally think Juneteenth is Independence Day because it is the only holiday in the United States that signifies independence and freedom for all", said Holt. It is a paid holiday for state employees in Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania. Nevertheless, Juneteenth is as much a celebration of emancipation as it is an opportunity for black joy and hope, and so is the flag. John Cornyn (R-Texas) are each planning-though apparently not yet collaborating-on introducing legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Parades also take place in major US cities.

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