Governor Gretchen Whitmer has officially signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by state Senator Sylvia Santana and state Representative Helena Scott, designating June 19th as Juneteenth, a state holiday in Michigan.
Juneteenth is an occasion to recognize and celebrate Black history and culture, as well as commemorate the end of slavery in America, highlighting the fundamental values of freedom, liberty, and equality that are cherished by all.
Governor Whitmer expressed the significance of Juneteenth, stating that it is a time for celebration and reflection while also urging the community to take action. Throughout her tenure, Governor Whitmer has been focused on fostering equity and equal opportunity for all Michiganders. The state has made investments in communities across regions, worked to close racial gaps in healthcare and education, and banned race-based discrimination against natural hair.
Moving forward, June 19th will forever be recognized as Juneteenth in Michigan.
Reporting for WGRT – Choze Powell