Trump Push for Juneteenth to Become National Holiday

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Juneteenth
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June 19th – The Juneteenth day memorialises the end of slavery.

The report says that President Trump is going to push to add Juneteenth Day as a federal holiday.

A top administration adviser, Ja’Ron Smith, said McClatchy DC on September 24th that Trump had modified his stand before declining to back a legislative attempt initially this year.

Smith also mentioned that the President is going to talk about it in his speech at Atlanta on Friday along with some other plans for the Black Americans.

He also put some light on efforts made to focus on the historical differences than just declaring it as a holiday. People want equality and opportunity that the President is trying to fix, and he has shared a two-page document with McClatchy DC on criminal justice reform and health care along with making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Trump is going to address the people tomorrow regarding the same. Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development Secretary, had beforehand told McClatchy that an annual holiday honouring the end of slavery was following discussion at the White House.

Congress holds power to formulate federal holidays, yet enactment proposed by lawmakers in both significant parties has postponed. Requests for the appointment of the holiday grew over the summer while national protests against racial inequality and for social justice.

Facts about the Juneteenth Day

The Juneteenth Day is celebrated on June 19th, especially among the black community as a mark of the end of slavery. America celebrated the 155th anniversary this year. Black Americans started honoring the day when Texas officially abolished slavery. 

Union Major General Gordon Granger on June 19th, 1865 rode with his regiment into Galveston, Texas announcing the Civil War has ended and freeing 250,000 people from slavery.

In the times that succeeded, interest in Juneteenth extended to grow as blacks in the U.S. tried to ensure the events that occurred in 1865 are not forgotten.