Senator proposes to declare Liberation Day a federal holiday

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Senator proposes to declare Liberation Day a federal holiday

Texas Senator John Cornin to Submit Bill to Recognize June 19 as National Holiday

Republican Texas Senator John Cornin is about to introduce legislation to declare a federal holiday the day the era of slavery ended across the United States..

On June 19, 1865, the Union army entered the Texas city of Galveston, the last stronghold of the Confederates, with the news that the Civil War was over and the state’s 250,000 slaves were now free..

One of the most defining moments in our nation’s history came when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and finally freed all slaves in the Confederate territory. But it wasn’t until two and a half years later that the slaves in Texas learned the news, Cornin said in a Senate speech. It took two and a half years before the slaves in the South knew they were free. And it happened on the day that today we call Emancipation Day (Juneteenth).

Texas became the first state to declare June 19 an official holiday in 1980. Earlier this week, New York and Virginia were designated a state holiday. This means employees in the state will get paid days off or overtime..

Emancipation Day is also celebrated in most other states and in the Capital District of Columbia..

A number of corporations, including Google, Twitter and the NFL have announced they plan to celebrate this day as a holiday.

This year marks 155 years since Texas, the last confederate state, officially abolished slavery in 1865..

Senator proposes to declare Liberation Day a federal holiday
Senator proposes to declare Liberation Day a federal holiday

Kornin announces his plan amid increasing scrutiny of the civil rights movement amid a wave of mass protests sparked by the death of African American George Floyd.

In recent weeks, Americans of all races, backgrounds and ages have joined the fight against the inequalities and injustices that continue to exist in our society, Cornin said. As the list of men and women killed in police custody grows, calls to action are getting louder and louder, as they should..

Two Democrats running for Senate Kornin have issued statements criticizing him, Texas Tribune reports..

There are many differences between me and John Cornin, said Dallas Senate Royce West. One is that I am aware of the existence of systemic racism and that it disproportionately harms African Americans and Hispanics..

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