Response to Governor Kemp's Recognition of Juneteenth Holiday


December 29, 2021

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ATLANTA (December 29, 2021) - After years of advocacy by Democrats, Governor Kemp took action today to add Juneteenth as a designated holiday to the state employee calendar. Juneteenth has been celebrated by Georgians since the late 1800s, and just last year, Rep. Miriam Paris (D -Macon) introduced House Bill 444 three times, a bill that would have designated Juneteenth as a state holiday.

“Juneteenth marks a triumphant time in history and should be celebrated in Georgia. I'm glad to see our state officially recognize Juneteenth, but make no mistake -- this is due to the long history of advocacy by our Caucus,” said House Minority Leader James Beverly. "Our effort to get this bill passed speaks to its importance for Georgians and I'm happy the governor now sees its importance,” said Rep. Miriam Paris. “Juneteenth is an event we should be proud to celebrate.” Earlier this year, President Biden added Juneteenth as a federal holiday, and 11 states have recognized it as a state holiday. Juneteenth is the day African-Americans in Texas were notified of their freedom two years after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

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