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Omaha Steve

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Wed Jun 14, 2023, 11:23 AM Jun 2023

Biden celebrates Juneteenth, the newest federal holiday, at the White House [View all]

Source: AP

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hosted a massive concert on the South Lawn of the White House to commemorate Juneteenth, the country’s newest federal holiday which the president said will “breathe a new life in the very essence of America.”

“To me, making Juneteenth a federal holiday wasn’t just a symbolic gesture. It was a statement of fact for this country to acknowledge the origin of the original sin of slavery, to understand the war was never fought over it, it wasn’t just about a union, but it was most fundamentally about the country and freedom.”

Vice President Kamala Harris said Juneteenth is an occasion to “honor Black excellence, culture and community.”

“America is a promise — a promise of freedom, liberty and justice,” Harris said. “The story of Juneteenth as we celebrate it is a story of our ongoing fight to realize that promise. Not for some, but all.”




Read more: https://apnews.com/article/president-joe-biden-juneteenth-kamala-harris-72ddd4e0aa6286d9e326029c19a9b7f3

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