Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have passed a bill and President Biden signed it into law making June 19, also known as Juneteenth, an official national holiday. On Saturday in Nevada County, Color Me Human, a non-profit focused on social justice, sponsored a celebration commemorating the importance of June 19th 1865, the day that Blacks were officially given there freedom in Texas two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Tracy Pepper is the founder and executive director of Color Me Human and explains the importance of celebrating Juneteenth.
She says it is an important reminder of the ongoing impact of slavery on all communities She says it is even more important to celebrate in communities with relatively small number of black and other minority residents.
Pepper also said that she was disappointed Nevada County’s Congressman, Doug LaMalfa, did not support making Juneteenth a national holiday. But moving forward is her focus.
Color Me Human Program Director, Daniela Fernandez says 150 people RSVPed for the event which included a number of activities.
The celebration was focusing on the importance of Juneteenth and providing an opportunity for community interaction.