Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bipartisan legislation declaring Juneteenth a state holiday in Michigan.
Senate Bill 50, sponsored by State Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Warrendale) and State Rep. Helena Scott (D-Detroit), will highlight Black history and culture, commemorate the end of slavery in America and celebrate fundamental values of freedom, liberty, and equality.
“On Juneteenth, we come together to celebrate fundamental American values of freedom and equality, embodied by the stories and legacies of the Black community,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Juneteenth is a moment of celebration and reflection, but it is also an opportunity to recommit ourselves to action.”
Juneteenth commemorates the date of June 19, 1865, when the Union Army officially informed the last of the enslaved peoples in Texas they were free.
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