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Juneteenth will soon be recognized as an official holiday by Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis.​

NEW: The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for city employees.

Juneteenth will soon be recognized as an official holiday by Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis.​

Do you think Juneteenth should become a national holiday?

In her new book, 'On Juneteenh,' historian @agordonreed  explains that Juneteenth was never about commemorating a delayed proclamation but about celebrating a people's enduring spirit, before and after General Granger's decree.

Juneteenth will be a legal state paid holiday in Washington state starting in 2022.

The event is set for Saturday, June 19 -- aka, Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. The specific location for the festival hasn’t been announced yet.

Charleston will celebrate Juneteenth at the Municipal Auditorium June 18 with rappers Yung Bleu and Mooski, as well as syndicated Hot 97 KISS FM DJ Funkmaster Flex.

Juneteenth will be a legal state paid holiday in Washington state starting in 2022.

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Juneteenth is henceforth considered a US holiday at Tesla & SpaceX

We had previously scheduled our #MAGA  Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for June 19th – a big deal. Unfortunately, however, this would fall on the Juneteenth Holiday. Many of my African American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date out...

Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory, or an acceptance of the way things are. It's a celebration of progress. It's an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible––and there is still so much work to do.

Civil rights icon Angela Davis pumps her fist during a Juneteenth protest against police brutality as longshoremen shut down the Port of Oakland and 28 other ports along the west coast on Friday. Story:

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On Juneteenth, we celebrate our capacity to make real the promise of our founding, that thing inside each of us that says America is not yet finished, that compels all of us to fight for justice and equality until this country we love more closely aligns with our highest ideals.

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So. Let's set the stage... President Trump has chosen as the venue for his first rally in months, Tulsa, Oklahoma, site of a horrific massacre of African Americans. And he has set the date for June 19th, Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.

How about we nix Columbus Day and make Juneteenth a national holiday instead?

Outside the Oval Office, I kept a painting of a small crowd huddled around a pocketwatch, waiting for the moment the Emancipation Proclamation took effect. On Juneteenth, we celebrate the anniversary of that news - freedom - reaching slaves in Texas. And something more:

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