- Human Rights
- Make Juneteenth a National Holiday
Make Juneteenth a National Holiday
Started: Jun 19, 2020
Every year on the 19th of June, millions of people around the world celebrate Juneteenth. This tradition was started by slaves as a remembrance to never forget the day Texas freed their slaves in 1865. This happened two and a half years after the nation ordered states to free slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Opal Lee is a 93-year-old civil rights activist from Fort Worth, TX who has been campaigning to make Juneteenth a national holiday for years. "I believe Juneteenth can be a unifier because it recognizes that slaves didn't free themselves and that they had help, from Quakers along the Underground Railroad, abolitionists both black and white like Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, soldiers and many others who gave their lives for the freedom of the enslaved," says Lee.
She started a campaign to walk from Texas to Washington, DC in 2016 and continues to do this on the anniversary every year to bring awareness to this day and its history. There is legislation that Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson authored in 2012 to update US Code 36 that lists all the national observances to include Juneteenth—it just needs to be updated and passed into law. That's where we come in.
We would like to help raise awareness and generate support for the national recognition of a day to celebrate “Freedom for All” on June 19 with a national digital ad campaign.