It’s time for Juneteenth to be a first-class holiday with the same kind of official status given to other holidays that carry as much significance in American history.
Texas deserves credit for making June 19 an official holiday and giving its government workers a day off. The bill was signed into law in 1979 by Republican Gov. Bill Clements. And it has gained national attention with celebrations in dozens of communities across the country. But Juneteenth still remains a mostly regional affair in the ways that it is observed and celebrated. Given its historic — and moral — significance, Juneteenth deserves a bigger stage in the national landscape. And it should be a holiday embraced by Americans of all races, creeds and ethnicities.
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