Greater than 400 years in the past, 20 enslaved Africans had been forcibly dropped at the shores of what would turn into the US. Within the centuries that adopted, thousands and thousands extra had been stolen and offered as a part of the unique American slavery system.
Nice nations don’t conceal their historical past. They acknowledge their previous, whether or not triumphant or tragic. In the present day is a day to replicate on the horrible price of slavery and the profound capacity of our nation to heal and emerge stronger. Regardless of the horrors they confronted, these women and men, and their descendants, made numerous contributions to the constructing of this nation and the continuing efforts to appreciate American beliefs.Final yr I used to be honored to declare Juneteenth a nationwide vacation, one other time to replicate and recommit to being a greater union.. For this reason my administration will proceed the exhausting, sustained work to carry true fairness and racial justice to our nation.
I thank Congress—particularly Rep. Al Inexperienced and Senator Elizabeth Warren—for his or her efforts to acknowledge the significance of this present day.