Six months after being sworn into office Senator Obama introduced legislation to delegate Juneteenth Independence Day from a “commemorative” day to a holiday to observe annually with appropriate ceremonies, activities and programs. One year later Obama introduced the legislation again.
The holiday is designed to celebrate the African Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest, June 19, commonly known as Juneteenth Independence Day, is the anniversary of their emancipation.
According to the bill Obama feels that recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day, and expressing the sense of Congress that history should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future.
Senator Barack Obama is the Senate Host, National Juneteenth Congressional Committee