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Congress, President Biden create national holiday recognizing emancipation of slaves for June 19


This news story was published on June 18, 2021.
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President Joe Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress passed a bill and President Biden signed it, thereby creating a national holiday recognizing the emancipation of slaves 160 years ago for June 19.

A Proclamation on Juneteenth Day of Observance, 2021

JUNE 18, 2021

PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS
On June 19, 1865 — nearly nine decades after our Nation’s founding, and more than 2 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation — enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally received word that they were free from bondage. As those who were formerly enslaved were recognized for the first time as citizens, Black Americans came to commemorate Juneteenth with celebrations across the country, building new lives and a new tradition that we honor today. In its celebration of freedom, Juneteenth is a day that should be recognized by all Americans. And that is why I am proud to have consecrated Juneteenth as our newest national holiday.

Juneteenth is a day of profound weight and power.

A day in which we remember the moral stain and terrible toll of slavery on our country –- what I’ve long called America’s original sin. A long legacy of systemic racism, inequality, and inhumanity.

But it is a day that also reminds us of our incredible capacity to heal, hope, and emerge from our darkest moments with purpose and resolve.

As I said on the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, great nations don’t ignore the most painful chapters of their past. Great nations confront them. We come to terms with them.

On Juneteenth, we recommit ourselves to the work of equity, equality, and justice. And, we celebrate the centuries of struggle, courage, and hope that have brought us to this time of progress and possibility. That work has been led throughout our history by abolitionists and educators, civil rights advocates and lawyers, courageous activists and trade unionists, public officials, and everyday Americans who have helped make real the ideals of our founding documents for all.

There is still more work to do. As we emerge from the long, dark winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, racial equity remains at the heart of our efforts to vaccinate the Nation and beat the virus. We must recognize that Black Americans, among other people of color, have shouldered a disproportionate burden of loss — while also carrying us through disproportionately as essential workers and health care providers on the front lines of the crisis.

Psalm 30 proclaims that “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and discrimination, and the promise of a brighter morning to come. My Administration is committed to building an economy — and a Nation — that brings everyone along, and finally delivers our Nation’s founding promise to Black Americans. Together, we will lay the roots of real and lasting justice, so that we can become the extraordinary country that was promised to all Americans.

Juneteenth not only commemorates the past. It calls us to action today.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 19, 2021, as Juneteenth Day of Observance. I call upon the people of the United States to acknowledge and celebrate the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of Black Americans, and commit together to eradicate systemic racism that still undermines our founding ideals and collective prosperity.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

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17 Responses to Congress, President Biden create national holiday recognizing emancipation of slaves for June 19

  1. Blue Wave Reply Report comment

    June 28, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Democrat Rep. Requested Extra NYPD Protection While Stumping to ‘Defund The Police’.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 19, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Affirmative Action strikes again.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 19, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Lock them up & throw away the key, they are traitors to America

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 20, 2021 at 11:11 am

      Yeap, every Repukelican should be locked up for the traitors they are.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 28, 2021 at 7:17 pm

        Can’t you come up with anything, original?

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 19, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Don’t forget FRRE DRUGS from the OPEN BORDER !!!
    And FREE abortions that are eliminating the reason for Juneteenth.
    Yes the outlook looks good for the inner city …. hahaha
    All run by liberal idiots !

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 19, 2021 at 7:00 am

    And ur REWARD is free Wal mart TVs !!!
    LOOT. LOOT. and LOOT !!!! YAHOO !!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 19, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Well said Sir

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 19, 2021 at 6:57 am

    The salves have been set “free” ? I thought they were still enslaved by the Marxist Communist Democrat party !!!

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 18, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Next holiday will be when the marxists are run out of AMERICA !

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 18, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Cognative? We would like to se the the ruler in charge eat a large plate of spagetti on live tv – all by HIMSELF !

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 18, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Its been a long time coming. It should of happened years ago.

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 18, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Juneteenth – a new national holiday. That’s fine and great, but I say take one of the pre-existing national holidays away. Columbus Day would make the most sense. President’s Day? All I know is there’s no reason to give govt. workers and banks yet another day off.

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      June 18, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      Definitely delete Columbus Day, he was a mass-murderer who discovered nothing.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 19, 2021 at 10:47 am

        NO,no, make it Thanksgiving. Why celebrate, what a number of your ilk would call, racist colonizers that just Really wanted to steal from the natives.

        OR

        Since most of the Communist/Socialist/Marxist scumbag Demon spawn, I mean Democrats don’t believe in freedom or in other words our Independence (like from a world order) they could take the 4th of July. Then at least it would be fitting, show their true colors as the United States hating bastards that they are.

        OR

        I suppose we could do away with Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day. With the Communists/Socialists/Marxists, I mean Democrats in charge we replace President with Comrade anyway.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 19, 2021 at 12:09 pm

          LOL You get butt hurt so easy….haha

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 18, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Keep drinking the orange
    kool-Aid