June 18, 2021

Commemorating Juneteenth (June 19) — New Federal Holiday

In commemoration of Juneteenth, our staff will be observing Monday, June 21 as a day to support black-owned businesses and engage in personal learning of the movement and struggle for black freedom.

Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865 — the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached slaves in remote corners of the Confederacy announcing their freedom (more than 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law).

On June 17, 2021 President Joe Biden signed a bill making June 19—Juneteenth—a Federal holiday. The federal government quickly announced it would give employees the day off on Friday, June 18, and several state and local governments have followed suit.

For those interested in learning more about the meaning of Juneteenth, here’s a 3-minute video. (Source: TedED)

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