Juneteenth Becomes Offical City Holiday In Philadelphia

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Mayor Jim Kenney has announced that Juneteenth, a day set to remember the abolishing of slavery in the country, will become the official holiday in Philadelphia.

This year, the June 19th will only be celebrated as an official holiday because of the executive order issued by the mayor — which means, among other things, day-offs for city departments and schools. But Kenney promises to put work into making Juneteenth the official annual holiday of the city.

In the announcement following his decision, Mayor Kenney, a Democrat, addressed the importance of recognizing the American nation’s “original sin of slavery,” dismantling racial imbalances and the institutional racism that resumes violating the civil rights of Black Philadelphians.

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