Juneteenth will be an official holiday in New York City beginning next year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday.
“Starting next year, Juneteenth will be an official holiday and an official New York City schools holiday,” the mayor said at his daily press briefing.
Juneteenth is a day commemorating the official end of slavery.
“It’s a celebration of a liberation that never really came. The fact is it’s also a day of reckoning,” the mayor continued. “Four hundred years of American history tell us one simple thing … for 400 years, one group of Americans has been treated profoundly unequal.”
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