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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 24, 2019 12:26 PM
From: Senator Sharif Street
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Recognizing June 19, 2019 as “Juneteenth” in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing June 19, 2019 as “Juneteenth” in Pennsylvania.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day in which the last of the enslaved people located in Galveston, Texas were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is one of the oldest African-American holiday observances in the United States, and it began as a celebration to experience the jubilation and reassurance that came with the end of the civil war for people who were enslaved, and quickly spread from Galveston to the rest of the United States. The holiday is celebrated in a variety of ways, from games and activities like baseball, rodeo, and barbecues, to guest speaker events that focus on education, self improvement, and prayer.

Juneteenth is recognized as a holiday observance in over 40 states as a way to acknowledge the past and celebrate the present. It has enjoyed a tremendous growth rate in recent years, and a number of Juneteenth organizations have taken part in spreading this important tradition through the United States. The holiday today seeks to proliferate the ideas of self improvement, the celebration of African culture, and respect for all cultures. This day of pride is incredibly significant to many Pennsylvanians, and as such, it deserves to be recognized in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

I encourage members to join me in co-sponsoring the resolution.

Introduced as SR175