Taylor Swift Voices Support for Juneteenth Being a National Holiday

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Efforts to have congress declare Juneteenth a federal holiday have stalled, though for many African-Americans, Juneteenth Day is a day that marks independence.

After weeks of nationwide demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and racial injustices, companies are taking action to address their own issues with racial inequalities and to better support their black employees.

"They're required viewing. We actually sent a link around to the Juneteenth episode to everyone at ABC Entertainment in advance of Friday's holiday".

Juneteenth has always been an official state holiday in Texas and is either a state holiday or day of observance in 49 other states.

Specifically, June 19, 1865 marks the date that Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and that all remaining slaves in the state were free. But the institution of chattel slavery in the United States only came to an end in June 1865-two months after Confederate commander Robert E. Lee surrendered and a full two-and-a-half years after the original proclamation was signed.

Benson points out that Juneteenth Day should not be confused with the day all slaves were freed.

"If you can imagine being enslaved, then it's certainly a moment to be celebrated", said Clayborn Benson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society.

"We are sitting in a turbulent time in a changing world with so many moving parts", Mustakeem said.

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Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Okla., where the president plans to hold a campaign rally Saturday, people flocked to Juneteenth celebrations.

Former President Abraham Lincoln first issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, and it became effective the following January 1. In that moment, he announced freedom of almost 250,000 enslaved people there.

At an emergency City Council meeting Thursday night, Harrisonburg City Council voted to observe Juneteenth (June 19) as a city holiday.

When the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a fraternal organization of Civil War Union veterans, both white and Black, began the national tradition of Decoration Day in 1868, Natchez's Union casualties, almost all Black, were interred on the site that is now the Natchez National Cemetery. Marches and rallies again systemic racism and police brutality are continuing, and many across the city are centered around Juneteenth today.

Taylor Swift says Juneteenth should be a national holiday in the United States. "This holiday has always been recognized by 45 states and the District of Columbia".

Juneteenth is normally celebrated with different festivals and events in the US.

"People are very tense right now, so we said Juneteenth is coming up - we need to celebrate and come together to understand one another, fellowship with each other and have a laid back time to get to know one another and build off of this situation", Brown said.

The Denver Broncos declared Juneteenth a team holiday as well.

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