Juneteenth has officially become a state holiday in Virginia.
Juneteenth is now officially a state holiday in Virginia. June 19 marks the anniversary of when slavery was fully abolished, but it is not a federal holiday. 47 states recognize it in some way (Hawaii and the Dakotas do not).
Juneteenth has officially become a state holiday after lawmakers unanimously approved legislation during the Virginia General Assembly’s special session:
Virginia lawmakers pass legislation to make Juneteenth a state holiday
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:
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.
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: