This is a reprint of a post I began in 2018 with an amendment or two.
Happy day to celebrate the end of slavery in the U.S. Juneteenth is a holiday in 47 states.
Here is a tweet from Jamar Tisby which makes a case for Juneteenth as a national holiday. Whether Juneteenth should be the day or another day should be designated, there should be such a holiday to commemorate the end of slavery.
Why Juneteenth Should Be a National Holiday
“Juneteenth should be recognized as a national holiday because it is a singular moment in U.S. history, and it solidifies the reality that black history *is* American history.” #Juneteenth
— Jemar Tisby (@JemarTisby) June 19, 2018
Today is Juneteenth, the oldest celebration of black emancipation in the country. Here is Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger’s order, given two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. #Juneteenth ??? pic.twitter.com/8PUSYB2Mwn
— Jemar Tisby (@JemarTisby) June 19, 2019
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) June 19, 2019
— Jemar Tisby (@JemarTisby) June 19, 2020