Northam to push legislation to make Juneteenth a paid state holiday

Modesto Morganelli
Июня 17, 2020

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Governor Brad Little signed a proclamation this morning, declaring June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Idaho.

The Houston Texans will close their business and football offices on Friday in recognition of Juneteenth, celebrated as the official "Emancipation Day" in the United States. When Union soldiers arrived in Galveston to bring the news that slavery had been abolished, former slaves celebrated.

President Trump announced last week that he has rescheduled a campaign rally that was planned in Tulsa, Okla., on Juneteenth.

Northam made the announcement on Tuesday during a press conference where he was joined by musician Pharrell Williams.

"Here's our day, and if you love us, it'll be your day too", Williams said.

The move by Northam marks his latest move to distance his state from its Confederate past. The Lee monument was erected in 1890, decades after the end of the Civil War.

Almost forced from office past year after a racist yearbook surfaced, Northam has won widespread praise among black lawmakers for his actions in Virginia following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck as he pleaded for air. It is one of the country's most iconic monuments to the Confederacy.

Joseph Rogers, a 29-year-old activist who has been a regular protester in Richmond during more than two weeks of demonstrations over Floyd's killing, hailed Northam's announcement. The base of it was covered with graffiti, including messages that say "end police brutality" and "stop white supremacy".

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