Lowe Celebrates Juneteenth Becoming a Federal Holiday

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- State Rep. Jason Lowe (D-OKC) released the following statement in response to Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday, following President Joe Biden signing the bill into law Thursday afternoon. Juneteenth is the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, marking the day in 1865 that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas, freeing slaves in the last Confederate state. 

“I applaud the leadership of President Biden and Oklahoma’s congressional delegation for voting to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth is a celebration of Black liberation and how far Black Americans have come despite the barriers of systemic racism and oppression. 

“Recognizing Juneteenth is the first step of many needed to address racial injustice and inequality in America. I hope this action is met with policy that aims to further uplift communities of color.”