Juneteenth is now a federal holiday after President Joe Biden signed it into law on Thursday and the Congress passed it on Wednesday. Mind you that today is Saturday.
The pace of the legislation’s passage hints at the long struggles behind it:
- Juneteenth is the first national holiday on 19 June 2021 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.
- It is 156 years after the 13th Amendment was ratified into the US Constitution (in 1865) abolishing the slavery.
- President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Declaration in 1863.
- The first slave ship arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, 246 years prior to the 13th Amendment adoption.
- That’s 402 years of history in the making.
What are your thoughts on the Juneteenth?