On Thursday, the President of the USA, Joseph Biden, signed the law by which “Juneth” was declared the 11th federal holiday. The bill was previously adopted by the US House of Representatives, with 415 votes in favor and 14 against. The Senate unanimously adopted the bill.
The holiday “Juntint” is a combination of two English words, June and ordinal number 19. (Nineteenth) and is also known as Liberation Day. It marks June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers freed the last slaves in the United States, in Galveston, Texas. That was two and a half years after the Proclamation of Emancipation freed slaves in the southern states of the United States.
In Detroit, where 80 percent of the population is black, students today refreshed the long message “Power to the People”, written last year. The word “o” in the word power is a red fist, in memory of George Floyd and other victims of excessive police force.
Opal Lee, a 94-year-old who was with Biden when he signed the law, led a four-kilometer walk in Texas, which symbolizes two and a half years, how many slaves in that state needed to know that they were released.
Officials in Bristol, Rhode Island, discovered a marker describing the role of the seaport in the slave trade. The marker was placed in the Linden Place Museum, a villa built by General George Devulf, a slave trader.
Food, live music, games and poetry reading were on the agenda at a park in Kansas City, Missouri, at an event organized by the relatively new group Black Rainbow, which advocates for the rights of the oppressed.
Hundreds of people gathered for a free concert in New York’s Times Square, organized by the Broadway League trade group.
One of the parades was held in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, which allocates funds from the tax on the sale of marijuana to provide accommodation for blacks, as compensation for previous discrimination and the long-term consequences of slavery.
“Juntint” is the first new federal holiday since 1983, when Martin Luther King Jr. Day was declared in the United States.
Most American states have so far recognized June 19 as a holiday or officially marked that day. “Juntint” is a paid holiday for government employees in nine states, including Texas, New York, Virginia and Washington.
The “Juntint” gained special importance last year, due to the police murders of George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, Reishard Brooks and other African-Americans, whose death triggered demonstrations against racial inequality.
Ahead of the law’s signing on Thursday, Biden said the Juntint “marks both a long hard night of slavery and the announcement of a brighter morning” and added that the day was a reminder of the “terrible consequences of slavery in the country” in the past and present.
“Great nations do not ignore the most painful moments. They do not ignore those moments in the past. They accept them. Great nations do not ignore things, but we face the mistakes we have made. By remembering those moments, we begin to heal wounds and strengthen,” Biden said. during the signing of the law in the White House.