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a public service. >> follow american history tv for schedule update to learn about what happened this day in history, watch video and learn more about the people and events that have shaped the american story. find us at c-span history. last month president biden #the juneteenth national independence day act making it the 11th federal national holiday in the first one established since the creation of martin luther king day. juneteenth celebrated on june 19 commemorates the end of slavery. here's a look at the white house commemoration and signing. [applause]
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>> please have a seat. good afternoon everyone. good afternoon. so throughout history, juneteenth has been known by many names. jubilee day a. freedom day. liberation day. and that's a patient day. and today, a national holiday . and looking out across this room, i see the advocates,
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the activists, the leaders who have been calling for this day for so long including the one and only miss lee. [applause] [laughter] we just received a very special recognition from the president of the united. and i see members of congress , members of the congressional black caucus, members of the united states senate who passed this bill unanimously. [applause] all of whom collectively were responsible
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for delivering this bill to the president's desk and i thank you all. the nation thanks you all and when we establish a national holiday, it makes an important statement. national holidays are something important. these are days when we as a nation have decided to stop and take stock and often to acknowledge our history. so as we establish juneteenth as our newest national holiday, let us be clear about what happened on june 19 1865. the day we call juneteenth. because you see, that they was not the end of slavery in america . yes, on that day the enslaved people of galveston texas learned they were free but in
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fact, 2 and a half years earlier the emancipation proclamation and it's free in theconfederacy . think about that. for more than two years the enslaved people of texas were kept in servitude. for more than two years they were intentionally kept from their freedom. for more than two years. and then on that summer day 156 years ago, the enslaved people of texas learned the news. they learned that they were free and a claims their freedom. it was indeed an importantday . so let us also remember that was not the end of slavery in
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america . the truth is it would be six more months before the 13th amendment was ratified. for enslaved people in the south and north were free. as we commemorate the history of juneteenth, as we did just weeks ago with the history of the tulsa race massacre, we must learn from our history. and we must teach our children our history. because it is part of our history as a nation. it is part of american history. let me and by saying this. we are gathered in a house built by enslaved people. we are footsteps away from where president lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation and we are here to witness president joe
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biden established juneteenth as a national holiday. we have far to go but today is a day of celebration. it is not only a day of pride , it is a day for us to reaffirm and rededicate ourselves to action and with ndthat i say happy juneteenth everybody and with that i is the president of the united states, joe biden. [applause] thank you madame vice president. 156 years ago. 156 years, june 19 1865.
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major general of the union army arrived in galveston to enforce the emancipation proclamation. and free the last enslaved americans in texas from bondage. today as you know i'm going to repeat some of was said in what became known as juneteenth. i think that reflects what the song tells us. we maybe free overnight but joy comes in the morning . juneteenth marks both a long hard night of slavery and subjugation and a promise in the morning to come. this is the day profound in and power.ight a day in which we remember the moral stain and terrible
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toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take . what i've long called america's original sin. at the same time we also remember the extraordinary capacity to heal and hope and to emerge e from those painful moments and that bitter version of our self to make a better version of ourselves. but today we can praise juneteenth for what it ought to be, when it must be. a national holiday. as the vice president noted holiday that will join others of our national celebrations ,, our laborers who built this nation. our servicemen and women who died in its defense. first new national holiday
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since the creation of martin luther king day. i'm grateful to the members of congress, in particular the congressional black caucus who did so much to make thisday possible . i please we show the nation we can come together as rats republicans to commemorate this day in overwhelming bipartisansupport of congress . i hope this is the beginning of a change in the way wedeal with one another . we are blessed to mark this day. [applause] i had the honor to meet her in nevada more than a year ago. she told me she loved meand i believe it . i wanted to believe it.
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daughter of texas, grandmother of the movement to make juneteenth a federal holiday and you won't believe it, she's 49 years old. or 94 years old. you are an incredible woman. you really are. as a child growing up in texas, she and her family would celebrate juneteenth. and juneteenth 1939 when she was 12 years old, a white's mom torched herfamily home . but such heat never stopped her anymore than it stopped thevast majority of you that i'm looking at on this podium . over the course of decades, she's made it her mission to see that this day came. and it was almost a singular mission. she walked for miles and miles, literally and figuratively to bring
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attention to juneteenth. to this day possible. i asked once again, we all stand and give her a warm welcome . [applause] as they still say stay in the senate, excuse me for a point of personal privilege. as i was walking down i regret that my grandchildren aren't here. because this is a really really important moment in our history. by making juneteenth a federal holiday, all-americans can feel the power of this day and learn
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from our ahistory and celebrate progress and grapple with the distance we've come but the distance we have to travel yet. and i said a few weeks ago, marking the hundredth anniversary of the also race massacre , great nations don't ignore their most painfulmoments . great nations don't ignore their most painful moments. they don't ignore those moments of the past. they embrace them. great nations don't walk away . we come to terms with the mistakes we've made. and in remembering those moments, we begin to heal and grow stronger. the truth is it's not enough just to commemorate juneteenth. after all, emancipation of enslaved black americans mark the end of america's work to
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deliver on the promise of equality. only marked the beginning. to honor the true meaning, we have to continue towards that promise because we've not gotten there yet. the vice president and i our entire administration and all of you in this room are doing just that . that's why we launched, racial discrimination in housing, finally addressed accrual back at home loans to this day by a black american family are usually appraised a lower rate for reasonable bone by a white family. that's why we committed to increasing black ownership, one of the biggest drivers of generational wealth. wire making it possible for more yours to access capital because their ideas are good, they likely capital to get their fair share of contracts so they can be billed well.
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that's why we're working with each and every child not in daycare schools. [applause] that's why we're unlocking incredibly creative innovation of the history of our historical colleges and universities, providing them with resources to research is to all hbcu is invest in the future the promise of equality is not going to be fulfilled until we become real, until it becomes real in our schools and our main streets and on our neighborhoods. in our healthcare systems and oo ensuring that equity is at the heart of our against. and the water that comes out
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of our faucets, we read in our communities and our justice system so that we can fulfill the promise of america for allpeople , for all of our people. it is not going to be so long as the secret right to vote under. [applause] we see this basalt from restrictive laws in terms ofintimidation, voter purchase more . and so that defends our very democracy. we can't rest until the promise of equality is fulfilled foreveryone . he is the meaning of unity. so is this juneteenth the first our nation will celebrate altogether as one nation. i juneteenth for action on
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many fronts. one of those with vaccinations. tomorrow the vice president will be inatlanta hoping to spread the word on life saving vaccines . including here in washington people will be canvassing hosting events, encouraging vaccinations . we built equity in but there's still more work to do to close the racial gap. the more we can do that before we can save lives. today marks the sixth anniversary of the tragic death of all church in south carolina. a killer motivated by hate intending to start a race war in south carolina drew on his victims in a bible study class and took their lives in a house of worship. his provider that our work to
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root out eight never ends because he only hides. it never fully goes away, hides and when you breathe oxygen rock, it comes out. that's what we must understand that juneteenth represents, not only in commemoration of the slave but the ongoing work that it has to bring true equity to generational justice and american society which we can do. in short, this doesn't just celebrate the past. it calls for action today. i wish all-americans a happy juneteenth and i'm in a moment going to sign it into law making it a federal holiday i have to say to you i only president for several months but i think this will go down for me as one of the greatest honors i will have
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as president, not because i did it. you get it. democrats and republicans. that's an enormous honor. thank you for what you've done and by the way, typical of most most of us in congress and senate i went down to the other for our staff did all the hard work. [applause] i'll go down at the other end and thank them as well. god bless you all and may god protect our troops. thank you. [applause] i like to invite up while i sign senator keenan's center marty and rafael warnock, senator john according and john clyburn,
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representative barbara lee. representative danny davis. chair joyce pd. and sheila jackson lee. miss over. inaudible] [applause]
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>> thank you.
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>> anybody else? i'm sorry. thank you. all right. [applause] >> is election day next? mister president, is election day next? is election day a national holiday?
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[applause] >>. [inaudible conversation) ladies and gentlemen, please remain seated while the
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>> ladies and, please run seated while president depart . >>. [in normal conversation] >>. [inaudible conversation]
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