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Mississippians push for national Juneteenth observance

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

Some Mississippians are pushing to make Juneteenth a national day of observance. Juneteenth, is known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. A small group gathered Friday to promote the Juneteenth celebration.

A flag, representing the day will be flown throughout the entire month of June. During a ceremony, speakers talked about the importance of honoring their African American heritage and freedom from slavery. According to Dr. Ronald Myers, Senior of Belzoni, "Well, we've gotten six pieces of legislation passed already through Congress. In 1997, former Senator Trent Lott sponsored historic legislation for the Congress to recognize Juneteenth as Juneteenth Independence day in America like Flag day or Patriot day."

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19, the day is recognized as a state holiday in 37 states including Mississippi.

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