Juneteenth Gaining National Recognition, Could Soon Become National Holiday – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Juneteenth celebration has been going public for a while.
Blacks across the country consider June 19, 1865 the day the Texan slaves were informed of their freedom, two and a half years after the declaration of emancipation was signed.
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Over the years the momentum has developed to make June 19 a public holiday and legislation is now rolling through Congress.
So a national holiday is in the making, which will be well received by millennial internet entrepreneurs Jael Roumain and Brandon Roumain, who run a Miami-based online clothing store website.
“It gives a lot of recognition to the day because people of color from this country were given equal rights to have a chance to compete, and we appreciate our recognition for the day,” said Brandon.
Black Americans have celebrated the day at public gatherings and family get-togethers over the years, but now it’s mainstream.
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“Personally, I didn’t grow up with it. As you get older you become wise. They get education through social media, ”adds Jael.
The reappraisal of black history was driven by the recent riots on the streets. As a result, Juneteenth is better known.
“When I was growing up, I didn’t learn that in school. I went to a public school. We were not made aware of this, ”said business coach Dr. Tracey Timberlake.
But now Timberlake is aware of the foray into the streets, the news reports, and the actions taken by Congress.
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“But when I found out about it and it became a festive part of the year, it was like I was clinging to it because we need to remember it. Not just as a country, but definitely also as a People of Color, ”added Timberlake