Juneteenth Becomes the Newest Federal Holiday
Today at the Museum of Boulder we are honoring Juneteenth, the newest federal holiday, signed into a bill on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 by President Biden. This is a monumental moment in history. President Joe Biden recognized the long sought holiday commemorating the end of chattel slavery in the United States. It was voted in unanimously by the Senate. June 19th is the date that a majority of the Blacks enslaved in the Confederacy became free.
Some may think of this by another name, “Emancipation Day,” “Liberation Day,” “Day of Freedom,” or “Jubilee Day.” President Biden’s explanation of slavery as a “moral stain on the country; the original sin” was brought to the forefront on Thursday this week. He expressed that “Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation, and the promise of a greater morning to come.”
Interested in learning more about African-American history in Boulder? Check out the following articles!
+ “Celebrating Black Women’s History in Boulder” from the YWCA
+ “Three Illustrious African-American Pioneers of Boulder” from Boulder Magazine
+ “When the Invisible Empire Stormed the Front Range: The Reign of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan in Boulder County, Colorado” from University of Colorado, Boulder.
+ “Documenting Boulder’s Black History” from the Daily Camera.
+ “The Labor Exchange: Glenda Robinson on MLK” from KGNU.