Juneteenth, which recognizes Black liberation from enslavement, has been celebrated for over 150 years. But with racial injustice broadcasted more than ever in the past year, some cities, states, and companies have recently acted on activist pressure to do more than just wish us a “Happy Juneteenth!” Is yours one of them?
49 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., recognize Juneteenth – but only Texas, Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania make it an official paid holiday for state employees. Hawaii is JUST NOW signing a bill to recognize it – and South Dakota doesn’t recognize it at all.
If you’re not offered the paid holiday, contact your congresspeople, supervisor, or city council! To be compensated for a day without work is a cosmic, full circle moment. On Juneteenth we should be able to celebrate with rest! Lord knows we deserve it.