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TheGuardian - The US has officially recognized Juneteenth, the holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in America, as a federal holiday after Pres. Biden signed a bill into law just today. The Pres. emphasized the need for the US to reckon with its history, even when that history is shameful. “Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,” Biden said, before he established what will now be known as Juneteenth National Independence Day. “Great nations don’t walk away. We come to terms with the mistakes we made. And remembering those moments, we begin to heal and grow stronger.”

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  • Juneteenth Is Now a Federal Holiday link
    President Biden signed a bill establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery. For African Americans, the date has long had special meaning. There’s even a Miss Juneteenth beauty pageant. Saniya Gay, 17, is the first national Miss Juneteenth. When Saniya was crowned last fall, her number one goal was to see June 19 declared a national holiday, and now her wish has been granted. #InsideEdition
  • Try These Foods at Your Juneteenth Celebration link
    Juneteenth is the newest federal holiday to join the calendar since Martin Luther King Day was first acknowledged in 1983, and like every American holiday, food is involved! Native Texan, Joi Chevalier, CEO of Cook’s Nook, has recognized Juneteenth her entire life. She explains the foods typically eaten during Juneteenth have roots in the Black American diaspora, and are often eaten picnic-style. Foods and even drinks have symbolic meaning on Juneteenth. #InsideEdition
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