The United States now has two separate but equally meaningful holidays celebrating liberation.
Sure, there's political disputes which confront festivities on both sides of the aisle . . . But generally, we're in favor of people taking off work as much as possible.
And so we ask our blog community to contemplate this question for the overnight/early morning . . .
HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH?!?! DON'T BE A JERK, SHARE SOME THOUGHTFUL ANSWERS!!!
To help spark insight we share this collection of news items on the topic from BOTH sides of the equation . . .
The US will officially recognize Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America, as a federal holiday after Joe Biden signed a bill into law on Thursday. At a jubilant White House ceremony, the president emphasized the need for the US to reckon with its history, even when that history is shameful.
States across the country are scrambling to close their government offices Friday after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a US federal holiday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri state offices will be closed Friday as the state recognizes the new Juneteenth federal holiday. The bill to make Juneteenth, or June 19, a federal holiday swiftly passed through the Senate and House this week, and President Joe Biden signed it into law on Thursday.
If Tucker Carlson had his druthers, America wouldn't bother to acknowledge that slavery was once a big thing in America and just move on. How else could one explain his fury that legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday has been so widely embraced by Democrats and Republicans alike in both the Senate (which unanimously voted to pass the bill) and the House (where only 14 people, all Republicans, voted against it)?
The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday that would establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Biden got down on one knee to welcome the 94-year-old 'grandmother' of Juneteenth to the White House
President Joe Biden delivered a special greeting on Thursday to Opal Lee, a 94-year-old Texas activist. In 2016, Lee marched 1,400 miles from Fort Worth, Texas, to DC to advocate for making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Biden officially made Juneteenth a national holiday, signing the bill into law with Lee by his side.
Like most policy agendas, reparations won't come from Washington, D.C. It will go to the nation's capital, as the local initiatives described above demonstrate. These initiatives signal a change in culture, and encourage a shift.
The annual Juneteenth parade held June 12 by JuneteenthKC/Courtesy photoIf you missed the annual JuneteenthKC parade through 18th Street last Saturday, don't fret. There are still plenty of upcoming ways to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
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