Congressman Nikema Williams Votes to Establish Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday

WASHINGTON ­­­– Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) voted to pass the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act (S. 475), which establishes Juneteenth as a federal holiday. The Senate passed S. 475 on June 15, and the legislation will be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

“I am proud we passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act to mark the end of America’s original sin of slavery,” said Congresswoman Williams. “Establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday honors the legacy of every enslaved American and helps our country reckon with its racist history. We have a long way to go to build a truly equitable country, but today’s vote is an important step in the right direction.” 

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