Joined by Virginia Beach native musician, Pharrell Williams, Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Juneteenth, which celebrates the official end of slavery in the United States, will be a paid state holiday in Virginia. The holiday is coming up on Friday, June 19.
Northam went on saying,
“It finally shut the door on enslavement of African American people. And while it did not end racism, black oppression or violence, it is an important symbol.”
Pharrell then joined Northam reiterating the value and importance in recognizing Juneteenth as a state-wide holiday,
“Today’s announcement is much about a new generation as it is our African ancestors in the sky, this is our chance in Virginia to lead by example”