California: Governor Newsom proclaims Juneteenth Day of Observance 2024
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~ In a proclamation issued today, Governor Gavin Newsom declared June 15, 2024 as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day: A Day of Observance" in the State of California. This official state holiday will honor the centuries of struggles and triumphs that have led to this moment.

The proclamation recognizes the historical significance of Juneteenth, which commemorates the day in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger announced the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery in Galveston, Texas. This news came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Governor Newsom emphasized that Juneteenth is not just a celebration of independence, but also a reminder that America's fight for freedom and equality continues to this day. He acknowledged the contributions of Black Americans who migrated to California seeking better lives and brought their traditions and celebrations with them.

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California has a long history of recognizing and honoring Juneteenth, with many communities hosting events and festivities to commemorate this important day. The governor's proclamation serves as a reminder to all Californians to reflect on the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality for Black Americans.

In light of recent efforts to rewrite history, Governor Newsom reaffirmed California's commitment to confronting its dark past and moving forward towards a more perfect union. He urged all citizens to celebrate how far we have come while acknowledging how much further we still have to go in realizing our nation's founding ideals.

The proclamation was signed by Governor Newsom on June 14th, with Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber attesting it. It officially declares June 15th as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day: A Day of Observance" in California.

As we approach this year's Juneteenth celebration, let us remember the words of General Granger calling for "absolute equality" and continue working towards achieving that vision for all Americans.

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