Juneteenth Becomes a Federal Holiday in the US

June 19, 2021 03:11 AM
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Juneteenth is America’s newest federal holiday after President Joe Biden signed it into law Thursday. But African Americans have celebrated every June 19 since 1865, when the last enslaved Blacks learned of their freedom on that date, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s also been a day to reflect on their struggle for freedom and justice and to teach vital history to younger generations. VOA correspondent Mariama Diallo has more.
Producer: Bronwyn Benito