Now June will be a public holiday in New York State.
Yesterday, October 14th Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the law, legislation (S.8598 / A.10628). This is not the only official day of recognition commemorates the end of slavery and also pays tribute to black culture, freedom fighters, achievements and the ongoing struggle for equality in this nation.
It was June 19, 1865 – two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Declaration of Independence – that the news of the end of the Civil War and subsequent liberation spread across the country to Texas.
Of course, the struggle for equality began anew – a war that continues today.
“I am immensely proud to have signed this law into June, a public holiday in New York State that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.” Governor Cuomo said. “This new state holiday will serve as a day to recognize the achievements of the black community and at the same time an important opportunity to reflect on the systemic injustices that our society still faces today.”
Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order recognizing Untaint as a New York State staff holiday.
Senator Kevin Parker said, “Finally, we recognize the historical oppression and injustice that African Americans have experienced. This holiday is the first step towards reconciliation and healing, which our great state needs in order to ensure the equality of all people. Thank you to the Governor for your support and encouragement. ”
Assembly Alicia Hindman said, “Juneteenth serves as a piece of history towards black freedom in this country. I am excited to serve alongside my colleagues in government and Governor Cuomo, as part of ensuring these important parts of Black American history will continue in our great state of New York. “
Greek is celebrated every year June 19. In Buffalo, The tenth festival began in 1976 and has since become a rallying cry for the protection, celebration and respect of regional and global black culture.
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