Should Juneteenth be celebrated as a national holiday?

Dr. Tomeka Robinson

In this package, WRHU Hofstra University Radio news producer Jason Siegel speaks with Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Public Policy Dr. Tomeka Robinson about the deeper meaning of Juneteenth, which is celebrated in Texas as a state holiday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently declared it a state holiday as well.

June 19, 1865, was the date when Union troops reached Galveston Island, Texas, and declared all enslaved people in the state were free, thus ending slavery in the United States.



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