Detroit Evening Report: Detroit City Council approves Juneteenth as paid holiday for city workers

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Detroit will recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday for city workers.

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Detroit City Council unanimously approved the resolution Tuesday. President Biden declared June 19 as a federal holiday in 2021.

Several residents disapprove of the city council’s decision to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S. with a day off. Former police commissioner William Davis believes Juneteenth should be for Black Detroiters.

“I don’t think that this should be going to all city employees. I don’t think this should be going to contractors. I don’t think this should be going to white people,” says Davis.

 According to The Detroit News, Juneteenth will cost the city more than $600,000 in police, fire and bus driver overtime.

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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.