Monday, June 19, 2023

Celebrating Juneteenth


I hope you're off today to observe the second annual Juneteenth National Independence Day. June 19th has long been a notable date for me, being the day my dear friend Nina was born in 1967. In 2017 we added another reason to celebrate -- it's the day we met our Harvey at the adoption agency. (Jerks made us wait two days before we could bring him to his rightful home, so Damian stopped by to visit him while I was at the office.) And now thanks to President Biden, this important date in U.S. history became a federal holiday in 2021, a year after Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., first introduced the Juneteenth bill in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, without success. (Try to guess why.) Read about the evolution of the "Emancipation Day" celebration HERE.

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