Celebrate Independence for All: Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday
June 19th, 1865—when Union Soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas more than two years after it became federal law in 1863—marks the day that enslavement of Black Americans ended.
Known as Juneteenth, this significant day in American history is celebrated by millions of Black Americans each year but is not federally observed and is left out of our collective learnings and recognition.
Ms. Opal Lee, deemed the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” is determined to see this changed. At 94 years old, Ms. Opal is a part of the movement to have Juneteenth declared a national holiday in the United States. In 2016, she walked symbolically from Fort Worth, Texas to Washington, D.C. to bring national attention to Juneteenth as America’s true Independence Day and hasn’t stopped since then.
Juneteenth was first proposed as a federal holiday in 2012 by a Senator from Texas, and rising support for federal recognition has brought the re-introduced Juneteenth National Independence Day Act to both the House and the Senate in this 117th Congress. On June 15, 2021, the Senate unanimously passed the bill and now it’s time for the House to act.
This year, Lush is acknowledging Juneteenth by treating it as a federal holiday. All Lush employees in the United States will be compensated with corresponding pay and time off. We hope that by 2022 it will be rightfully recognized as one by the U.S. government.
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