Detroit Evening Report, June 1, 2022: Juneteenth declared a statewide court holiday

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The Michigan Supreme Court has declared Juneteenth a statewide court holiday. The majority of  justices voted in favor of the measure but two Republican justices opposed creating the holiday, saying taxpayers will be shortchanged. Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865 when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas months after Confederate soldiers surrendered, ending the Civil War. The event took place more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved Black people in southern states. Juneteenth will be the 13th paid holiday when Michigan courts are closed. This year it will be observed on Monday, June 20.

Other headlines for June 1, 2022:

  • Evicted tenants and supporters from Detroit Eviction Defense demand action at City Hall
  • City of Detroit kicks off Pride Month
  • Detroit Music Weekend will honor legends in blues, feature performances by Thornetta Davis, Eliza Neals and Tosha Owens

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.