This week the President and CEO announced it would be a permanent paid holiday starting this year, calling it a "day of reflection, learning, and service".
The Bears also shared some of the content that they'll be sharing on Juneteenth, which includes an Instagram Live takeover by running back Tarik Cohen, player videos discussing the holiday and a Twitter fundraiser. It's been celebrated since 1866 and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 47 of the 50 states, including IL.
Specifically, June 19, 1865 marks the date that Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and that all remaining slaves in the state were free. That coastal area of Texas was the last to hear that the Civil War had ended two months earlier.
The Bears are encouraging fans to join them on Friday to celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States.
Promoters said hundreds are expected to attend and they've taken steps to make safety a priority. "As the strife of recent weeks in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd has shown, the promise of the American Dream remains unfulfilled for many". In that moment, he announced freedom of almost 250,000 enslaved people there.
In Nashville, Tennessee, about two dozen Black men, most wearing suits, quietly stood arm in arm Friday morning in front of the city's criminal courts. Wherever they were, the website explains, the day involved bringing families together to celebrate with prayer and barbecues. Lee, a 93-year-old activist, launched a petition to recognize June 19 as a national holiday that has amassed more than 500,000 signatures and counting.
The Emancipation Proclamation, which legally freed all slaves in the United States, went into effect on January 1, 1863. "It doesn't mean to get rid of Independence Day, but this should be a national holiday".
Cuomo said he will advance legislation to make Juneteenth an official state holiday next year.
Faure said it seems as if with all the protests for racial justice, people are now waking up to wanting to learn about black history, and that is why she uses her food as activism.
"It's an interesting moment where companies are taking initiative where government or traditions might have fallen short", said Gardner, whose company has also declared Juneteenth a paid holiday.
Juneteenth is normally celebrated with different festivals and events in the US.
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