Juneteenth Day

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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, for 150 years, Juneteenth National Freedom Day continues to be the most recognized African-American holiday observance in the United States; Juneteenth National Freedom Day commemorates the survival, due to God given strength and determination, of African-Americans; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth commemorates the day freedom was proclaimed to all slaves in the south by Union General Granger, on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, more than two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln; and

WHEREAS, Americans of all colors, creeds, cultures, religions and countries-of-origin, share in a common love of and respect for “freedom” as well as a determination to protect their right to freedom through democratic institutions, by which the “tenets-of-freedom” are guaranteed and protected; and

WHEREAS, the “19th of June” or Juneteenth Independence Day, along with the “4th of July”, completes the “cycle of freedom” for America’s Independence Day observances; “Until All are Free, None are Free” is an often repeated maxim that can be used to highlight the significance of the end of the era of slavery in the United States; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thomas N. Micozzie, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, along with Township Council, hereby proclaim June 19, 2018

JUNETEENTH DAY

in Upper Darby Township, and urge all citizens to become aware of the significance of this celebration in African-American history and in the heritage of our Nation.