Thursday, June 16, 2016

Arizona to recognize Juneteenth as state holiday

 STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona will soon recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday. This year Rep. Reginald Bolding introduced legislationthat proclaims June 19 of each year as Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

“Juneteenth Day is a day for Arizona to remember and celebrate this country’s history and all we have overcome,” Bolding said.

Bolding’s bill, HB 2226, was signed into law in March and will go into effect in August 2016, but this summer several organizations will recognize the passage of the bill. Bolding will also speak at the official Arizona State Juneteenth Celebration in Phoenix this weekend.

When: June 18, 2016
4– 9 p.m.
Where: Eastlake Park and Community Center
1549 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix 85034
For more information about the Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration go to: http://azifoundation.wix.com/phxjuneteenth.
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