Juneteenth

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Juneteenth declared a state holiday in New York
Juneteenth declared a state holiday in New York
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Governor Andrew Cuomo declared Juneteenth a state holiday in New York State. He issued the executive order on Wednesday, making it a holiday for all state employees.

In a press release, Cuomo stated: "Friday is Juneteenth — a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States — and it's a day that is especially relevant in this moment in history," adding that "Although slavery ended over 150 years ago, there has still been rampant, systemic discrimination and injustice in this state and this nation, and we have been working to enact real reforms to address these inequalities."

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Trump's Juneteenth Tulsa rally postponed, "out of respect"
Donald Trump announced the 2020 re-election campaign in Orlando, Florida, 18 June 2019
Donald Trump announced the 2020 re-election campaign in Orlando, Florida, 18 June 2019 Credit: Donald J. Trump / Public domain

On Friday, Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce the move his Tulsa rally from June 19 to June 20 "out of respect" for Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day. Trump wrote that he postponed the event "in order to honor" the request of his "African American friends and supporters" that had reached out to him to "consider changing the date out of respect for this Holiday."