Pharrell Williams proposes to make Juneteenth as an official state holiday

Happy Juneteenth 2020. Juneteenth is Freedom Day celebrated on 19th June every year in United States. A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth”. Juneteenth marks as an equality day as for millions of African Americans, Juneteenth has served as an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental truth that all people are created equal.

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. However, President Lincoln issued Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863 i.e. two and half years before but it did not apply to those enslaved in Union-held territory. Gen Granger travelled himself to Texas to issue the order hence in Texas it is celebrated as Jubilee Day.

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.”


This year shall be 155th anniversary of Juneteenth is a Freedom Day celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19th, 1865 General Gordon Granger of the United States Army marched into Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order Number 3, declaring, “all slaves are free.” that day in June 1865 became known as Juneteenth.

Pharrell Williams American Singer propose legislation to make June 19, or Juneteenth as an official state holiday for Virginia. “Please join Virginia and New York and make Juneteenth a paid holiday in Wisconsin for state employees. Thank you”

“Today I joined Virginia Gov. Northam to announce Juneteenth as a state holiday. A paid holiday is just the start—to stand in solidarity with Black employees and with all Black people.”


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