WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement commemorating Juneteenth, which is celebrated every year on June 19th.
“On Juneteenth, we celebrate a turning point in American history when President Lincoln’s order of emancipation was finally recognized in each and every corner of our country,” said Senator Rosen. “Unfortunately, this important holiday is often not taught in schools. This Juneteenth, let us take time to educate ourselves, as well as to celebrate the countless achievements and contributions the African American community has made to Nevada and our country. Let us also stand in solidarity with those fighting for change and continue our efforts to address the challenges of systemic racism, bigotry, and hatred that prevent all Americans from being truly equal.”
BACKGROUND: Earlier this month, Rosen joined Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) in introducing a bipartisan resolution -- that passed the Senate – to commemorate Juneteenth as a date of historical significance, marking the anniversary of the end of slavery in the South. Juneteenth has been celebrated every June 19th since 1865. Rosen co-led similar bipartisan legislation last year.