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Bailey said we have two Independence Days. 19 June and 4 July. One liberated the people and one liberated the land. Since 1992 she and former state representative Dr. Alzo Radic have worked to establish Juneteenth as an annual tradition in their hometown.

A year ago, when Juneteenth became a federal holiday, a South Carolina organizer named Jamal Bradley was eager to give it the recognition it deserved. But his enthusiasm was dashed when he learned that state leaders had decided not to follow suit in celebrating the holiday. Bradley is the man who started a petition to have Juneteenth become a state holiday. He said it just tells me I still have work to do in South Carolina.

June 19, 1965, is known as Emancipation Day, or Independence Day, because on this day Confederate soldiers arrived in Galveston Texas and told enslaved African Americans that they were free. The holiday has been celebrated for generations by many black families, but began to gain widespread attention in 2020 following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

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Despite federal recognition, some Black organizers are beginning to feel that local support may be a hard lift. According to the Pew Research Center, every state has recognized Juneteenth as a day of observance at some point. 26 states have not yet adopted Juneteenth as a paid public holiday, including seven former federal states.
The reasons for the delay differ from state to state. Somewhere this is also due to the backwardness of the bureaucracy. Elsewhere it is due to controversy over when exactly the holiday should be celebrated.
Similarly, there are a variety of implications. On a practical level, the lack of state leave means that local workers will not be able to take time off to observe Juneteenth. It may also mean that state government buildings will remain open on the holiday, but for many black activists, the degree to which state governments have embraced Juneteenth speaks volumes about their progress toward racial justice. Bradley said that our lawmakers are missing an opportunity to show that this state is ready to move forward. It Could Be Years, Until Every State Adopts Juneteenth.

Bradley believes that recognizing Juneteenth is particularly important for former federal states. His home state, South Carolina, was the first to secede from the Union. For South Carolina to officially recognize Juneteenth, Bradley says, it would be a milestone for both the state and the nation.
Earlier this year state lawmakers proposed a bill offering temporary leave on Juneteenth for state employees. That legislation was advanced by the Senate, but has so far failed to ratify the House.

Bradley, who has organized Juneteenth celebrations in the Colombian capital for the past five years, said it doesn’t quite coincide with what happened, but it would be a good start. He hopes South Carolina will eventually adopt Juneteenth, but believes it could take several years.

Florida has not yet designated Juneteenth as an official state holiday. In part due to controversy as to which day to celebrate, June 19, or the day enslaved people in Florida found out they had been emancipated. Some historians argued that the state should honor Florida’s Emancipation Day. What followed was the death of a Juneteenth state holiday bill. On May 20, 1865, a Union general read the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee.

Bailey said we have two Independence Days. 19 June and 4 July. One liberated the people and one liberated the land. Since 1992 she and former state representative Dr. Alzo Radic have worked to establish Juneteenth as an annual tradition in their hometown. Less than 50 people attended his program three decades ago. More than 300 residents participated this year.

It wasn’t until 2020 that Dunstan says she understood the importance of the agelong. Now she’s working to help raise awareness of the holiday and organize celebrations for her community. Dunston adds that having Juneteenth recognized across all levels of government could be especially meaningful in places like Marshall County, where black residents make up less than 3 percent of the population.
Dunstan said it was weird. Juneteenth sounds new, but we’re talking about something that happened in 1865. But I love that the kids will know what Juneteenth is and don’t have to learn about it as an adult like I had to.