This weekend we commemorate the holiday of Juneteenth

This weekend we commemorate the holiday of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. 
It was on this day in 1865 that General George Granger of the Union Army marched into Galveston, Texas and announced the Emancipation Proclamation. 
 
Although the Proclamation had been issued more than two years earlier, it was not until this day that it was officially in force throughout the now-reunited country. President Joseph Biden officially made Juneteenth a federal holiday on June 17, 2021.
 
Today, Juneteenth is celebrated with picnics, parades, speeches, lectures, good food and good music.  Events are taking place this weekend all over Wisconsin. We encourage you to participate in the Juneteenth observance near you.
 
As we celebrate, though, please keep in mind that true liberation will not be complete until all barriers to voting have been eliminated, until the slavery of mass incarceration has been eradicated, until the effects of redlining that are still felt today in the lack of generational wealth and the gross disparities in health between African American and white communities have been reversed. So as part of our celebration, let us pledge to make the promise of liberation real for all Americans of all races and ethnicities, all faiths, all genders, regardless of country of origin. 
 
 
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