Jun 19, 2023
Rev. Lorrie Carter Owens & Henrietta J. Burroughs
Juneteenth, What this Day Means

The Reverend Lorrie Carter Owens, President of the San Mateo Chapter of the NAACP will be interviewed by our member Henrietta J. Burroughs

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipaption of enslaved African Americans. Deriving its name from combining June and nineteenth, it is celebrated on the anniversary of the order issued by Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas.

President Joe Biden signed the legislation that made Juneteenth a federal holiday in June 2021. Nearly half of the states now recognize it an an official holiday.