More than 460 companies are observing Juneteenth at this point, with many offering a paid day off or holiday pay. Here are some companies continuing PTO this year.
President Joe Biden is set to sign a bill establishing Juneteenth, the date marking the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are slated to deliver remarks in the East Room, according to the White House. Juneteenth National Independence Day...
More and more Americans are observing Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. How much do you know about this important moment in history?. 1 of 10. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger (pictured here) informed slaves of...
Washington (CNN) — Most federal government employees across the country have Friday off after President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a US federal holiday. But the introduction of a new federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States has created a patchwork of responses...
This week, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which establishes a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the US. "I've only been president for several months, but I think this will go down, for me, as one of the greatest honours I will have had as president," Mr Biden said at the signing event on Thursday.
The US will officially recognize Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America, as a federal holiday after Joe Biden signed a bill into law on Thursday. At a jubilant White House ceremony, the president emphasized the need for the US to reckon with its history, even when that history is shameful.
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Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas - two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. It's the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management,...
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Quality Journalism for Critical Times From Alabama to Nebraska, state employees were off Friday for Juneteenth Day in honor of a significant event in history that ended slavery in the United States — but not Florida’s state employees. Gov. Ron DeSantis wrote a proclamation about the holiday, but didn’t grant state workers a paid holiday off to commemorate Juneteenth Day […] The post State workers across the nation had a holiday Friday for Juneteenth Day — but not in FL appeared first on Florida Phoenix.
Editor’s note: We’ve updated this explainer on Juneteenth Day that was originally published June 19, 2019. Juneteenth Day is a day of celebration and remembrance. The tradition began upon the end of the Civil War and has carried on through the generations. Milwaukee is celebrating its 50th Juneteenth Day on Saturday, June 19.
U.S. Gen. Gordon Granger marched into Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865 – two months after the Civil War ended – and read aloud the Emancipation Proclamation, effectively ending slavery in that region. In the years since, many African American communities, especially in Texas, have commemorated “Juneteenth” as the liberation...
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Gov. JB Pritzker made Juneteenth a state holiday Wednesday. Juneteenth, which falls on Saturday, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Pritzker signed the legislation in Springfield Wednesday morning, surrounded by members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. To commemorate the abolition of slavery throughout the United States and its territories in 1865, Juneteenth will be recognized as National Freedom Day in Illinois.
NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday that Friday will be a statewide holiday in New Jersey to commemorate Juneteenth. Murphy signed legislation last September, designating the third Friday in June as a state and public holiday, known as Juneteenth Day. "Friday is a state holiday, honored...
Gov. Edwards Enacts Juneteenth Day as a Legal State Holiday and All State Offices will be Closed this Friday for a Half-Day
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that in honor of Juneteenth becoming a legal holiday in the State of Louisiana, on Friday, June 18, 2021, all state offices will be closed for a half-day. Gov. Edwards signed HB 554 (Act 128) by Baton Rouge Rep. Larry Selders enacting the Juneteenth celebration into law and making it a permanent state holiday.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren. “It’s great, but it’s not...
Juneteenth has special significance this year in Massachusetts, since it is now an official state holiday. "I am so pleased that we are recognizing, in Boston, the date in which my ancestors actually found out they were free," said Ava Mitchell of Boston. "It's a big deal," said State Rep....