LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Democratic Black Caucus and the Nevada State Democratic Party stand in unison to declare a very happy Juneteenth to all.
“The passage of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is a great accomplishment in officially recognizing the legacy of slavery in this country,” said Nevada Democratic Black Caucus Chair Edward Coleman. “We love and support our Black Congresspeople, such as Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who have worked long and hard to enshrine this symbol as a remembrance of past wrongs and the future promise of Black equality into law. Juneteenth has long been seen by many in the Black community as a celebration of our joy in defiance of the freedoms we have been denied, and the commemoration of one of our Emancipation days. The passage of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is one step in recognizing the history of Black people in America, and the road we still have before us to become a more perfect union.
“Freedom and equality have been denied to Black communities for far too long, and this country should move beyond words to the passage of legislation which will ensure justice, freedom, and prosperity. House Resolution 40, the commission to study and develop reparations for African Americans Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Amendment, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, and the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 are necessary next steps in this process. The recognition of the legacy slavery at the federal level, while important, should also be followed by concrete steps to correct the harm of that legacy.
“The Nevada Democratic Black Caucus is proud to have Juneteenth as a holiday and we recognize there is still much work to do.”