The vacation observes completion of enslavement in the United States and also notes the day, June 19, 1865, when Union Major General Gordon Granger revealed the information to Black Americans in Galveston, Texas — which was 2 years after President Abraham Lincoln‘s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.
“By making Juneteenth a federal holiday, all Americans can feel the power of this day and learn from our history, and celebrate progress and grapple with the distance we’ve come [and] the distance we have to travel, “the head of state claimed on Thursday, June 17 throughout the finalizing event at the White House.
“The truth is,” hey continued, “It’s simply not enough just to commemorate Juneteenth. After all, the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans didn’t mark the end of America’s work to deliver on the promise of equality. It only marked the beginning. To honor the true meaning of Juneteenth , we have to continue toward that progress because we’ve not gotten there yet. “