Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, holds significant historical and cultural importance in our nation. On this day, we honor and celebrate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It marks the momentous occasion when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after it was initially issued. Juneteenth represents a powerful symbol of freedom, resilience, and the ongoing struggle for equality and justice.
We recognize the significance of Juneteenth and its role in our shared history. It is a time to reflect upon the progress made and to reaffirm our commitment to building an inclusive and equitable community.