What You Need to Know About Juneteenth

What You Need to Know About Juneteenth

E! News·2021-06-19 16:00

"(On) July 4, 1776, not everybody was free and celebrating their Independence Day. So here's our day. And if you love us, it'll be your day, too."

That's how Pharrell Williams addressed the press in his home state of Virginia in June 2020, according to The Virginian Pilot, as he appeared alongside Gov. Ralph Northam during a press conference in which the governor proposed making June 19—or Juneteenth, as it's commonly referred to—an official legal holiday in the state. Today, it's now a federal holiday, with President Joe Biden making the legislation official on Thursday, June 17.


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