Happy Juneteenth, people! Today is the day back in 1865 that Union Major General Gordon Granger read General Order Number 3 that freed all slaves in Texas.
That day has been celebrated by Texas Black people ever since, and was made an official state holiday in 1980. Black Texans as they moved around the country took the Juneteenth traditions with them, and the day is increasingly celebrated in many states, with Pennsylvania the latest to do so.
Here’s Rep Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) to discuss Juneteenth and the effort to get long overdue reparations for African Americans. Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has filed HR 40 to jump start the process of making that happen.