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Holiday Spotlight
June 19th marks the 157th celebration of the announcement of the liberation of Black ancestors from enslavement in Galveston, Texas. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863, but it was not until federal troops arrived in Texas two years later to enforce the proclamation, on June 19, 1865, that thousands of enslaved Black men and women in that state finally gained their freedom. Texas was the first state to proclaim Juneteenth a state holiday in 1980. 

Juneteenth is now a permanent paid state holiday in Virginia. It officially became a state holiday after Virginia lawmakers unanimously approved legislation during the Virginia General Assembly special session. The companion bills were introduced by Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, and Del. Lamont Bagby, D-Richmond. Governor Ralph Northam signed the legislation on Oct. 13, 2020.  

There are many ways you can observe and celebrate this holiday, from supporting Black businesses to educating yourself, participating in community service and using your voice to consistently advocate for social justice.  

Ways to Celebrate in the Williamsburg/Tidewater area: 
Books to Read:
Happy Juneteenth!

June is designated as National Pride Month, when the world's LGBTQ+ communities gather and celebrate the freedom to be their authentic selves.  

The original organizers chose this month to honor the Stonewall uprising in June 1969 in New York City, which helped spark the modern gay rights movement.

Most Pride events take place each year in June, although some cities hold their celebrations at other times of the year. Several cities close out the month with an annual Pride March/Parade. 


Happy Pride Month!

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, which was ratified by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. 
Happy 4th of July!

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