Juneteenth is not a consolation prize

For decades, black people have been asking for Juneteenth to be a federal holiday

Shamontiel L. Vaughn
Jun 18 · 5 min read
My first Juneteenth celebration was at a Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) concert in Chicago. (Photo credit: Shamontiel L. Vaughn)

The Senate voted unanimously to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. My first reaction to this week’s news was, “Does Mitch McConnell know what Juneteenth is? And why is he not trying to organize his go-to filibuster?” I kept trying to lower my eyebrow, but anytime…