It caught most Americans by surprise, the signing of bill S. 475, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. This designated June, 19 officially, the legal public holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day.
“Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation, and a promise of a brighter morning to come. This is a day of profound — in my view — profound weight and profound power.
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Ms. Martin is an educator, freelance writer, and the 2008 Monmouth University Dr. King Unsung Hero award. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org