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New York State just authorized Juneteenth as a public holiday

words by: Natasha Marsh
Oct 20, 2020

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York signed a new legislation last week declaring Juneteenth, the official day commemorating the emancipation of slavery, as an official state holiday. 

 

“I am incredibly proud to sign into law this legislation declaring Juneteenth an official holiday in New York State, a day which commemorates the end to slavery in the United States,” Cuomo said. “This new public holiday will serve as a day to recognize the achievements of the Black community, while also providing an important opportunity for self-reflection on the systemic injustices that our society still faces today.”

 

This is a step we hope other states follow in.