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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:
- Juneteenth: A Novel by Ralph Ellison
- Freedom's Gifts: A Juneteenth Story by Valerie Wesley
- Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African American Folklore by Francis Edward Abernethy, senior editor; Carolyn Fiedler Satterwhite, assistant editor; coeditors, Patrick B. Mullen and Alan B. Govenar
- The History of Juneteenth: A History Book for New Readers by Arlisha Norwood PhD
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.