Dear Children's School Community:
Juneteenth commemorates a declaration of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas in 1865, and each year it serves both as a celebration of freedom and an opportunity to recommit to the fight for racial justice in all aspects of American life.
Yesterday, President Biden signed a bill establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is now the 11th federal holiday, the first since Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and was approved with overwhelming support in Congress. Let's join together in honoring Black Americans who have fought for a more just and equal society throughout our history and reflecting on how we can best continue their work.
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