Juneteenth Signed Into A Federal Holiday:Commemorates the end of slavery in the United States

First new holiday in 38 years.

Today is Juneteenth

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Its name stems from June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, issued General Order No. 3, which announced that in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, “all slaves are free.” Months later, the 13th Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the final four border states that had not been subjected to President Abraham Lincoln’s order.

Momentum to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday picked up steam last year during a summer defined by racial unrest and Black Lives Matter protests in response to the murder of George Floyd by the police. In a bid to woo Black voters during the final months of the 2020 campaign, President Donald J. Trump promised to support legislation to establish the new federal holiday if he was re-elected. Still, some right-wing activists criticized Republicans who supported the measure.

At the White House, Mr. Biden singled out Opal Lee, an activist who at the age of 89 decided to walk from her home in Fort Worth to Washington, D.C., in an effort to get Juneteenth named a national holiday. The president called her “a grandmother of the movement to make Juneteenth a federal holiday” and got down on one knee to greet her in the audience.

He reminisced about meeting her last year while campaigning in Nevada. “She told me she loved me, and I believed it,” he joked. Mr. Biden also framed the holiday as part of his administration’s efforts to address racial equity throughout the federal government.

“The promise of equality is not going to be fulfilled until we become real, it becomes real in our schools and on our Main Streets and in our neighborhoods,” the president said. He pressed Americans to celebrate the new holiday as a day “of action on many fronts,” most important, vaccines.

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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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6 Responses to Juneteenth Signed Into A Federal Holiday:Commemorates the end of slavery in the United States

  1. Martindale says:

    It’s about time! Many do not know this, but slavery was actually illegal in the USA before it was in Europe. It’s been illegal since July 4th 1776. Most people don’t know about that last page of the Declaration of Independence and what it says and that it abolished slavery and any form of indentitude. But the Nation allowed the large slave holding states to get around that part after the war and continues on with what they had actually abolished. It’s on the fourth page of the Document.

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    • I agree, it is long passed the time to bring a national celebration to the end of slavery. Yes, again, you are correct. It was argued that a young bankrupted nation couldn’t afford to do without free labor.

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  2. Martindale says:

    Slavery was why Founding members like George Mason and Benjamin Franklin refused to sign the Declaration of independence. This is the part of the Declaration that Lincoln used to create the Emancipation Proclamation.

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  3. Wow! Happy belated Juneteenth 😃😃😃. I don’t know how bad racism is over there but we have our own kind of racism back here.

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