LANSING, Mich. – A proclamation was issued declaring June 19, 2022 to be a June 16 holiday in Michigan.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. gov. Garlin Gilchrist II jointly issued the proclamation on June 19, 2022.
“June 16 marks a pivotal day in our nation’s history to recognize the important progress we have made while also committing to ongoing efforts to put justice at the center of all our work and make Michigan one place to do that anyone can be successful at,” Gilchrist said. “As the first black lieutenant governor in our state, I am developing the policies and practices that will address and reverse the damage that racism and injustice have caused in our communities. That’s why we continue to invest in schools, professional training, environmental justice, infrastructure, and business support—all transformative investments and policies that celebrate, support, and nurture communities of color. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made to date and will continue to work every day to ensure all Michiganders have the support and opportunities they need.”
The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It marks the day that Union Army General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, stating that all enslaved people were free.
“We are proud to celebrate June 16 as an official state holiday for the first time,” Whitmer said. “Today provides an important opportunity to celebrate and elevate the stories of Black Americans as we continue to make record investments in communities of color. Since taking office, the Lieutenant Governor and I have prioritized building a state representative and being responsive to the people we serve, addressing racial differences and improving justice throughout Michigan. I am proud to declare June 19 June 16, and I am committed to working with everyone to build a fairer and fairer state for all Michiganders.”
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June 19, 2022: June 16 Holiday
WHATEVER, June 16 is a holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States; and,
WHATEVER, this year marks the 17th annual recognition of Michigan State’s Freedom Day in June; and,
WHATEVER, When Union Army General Gordon Granger landed in the Texas port city of Galveston in 1865 as the Civil War was drawing to a close, one of his first acts was to read General Order No. 3, which stated that all slaves are free and that former Masters and slaves have absolute equality of personal and property rights; and,
WHATEVER, according to him, June 19 (June 16) became the emancipation date of those who had long suffered for freedom; and,
WHATEVER, Since then, the tradition of celebrating June 16 has continued as the oldest known celebration to commemorate the end of slavery in America, going back as far as 21 faith African-American ancestors; and,
WHATEVER, in June 2005, Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm signed legislation officially designating the third Saturday in June as the 16th National Freedom Day in Michigan, and Senator Martha G. Scott sponsored Senate Bill 384 to mark June 16 as recognize official holiday. and,
WHATEVER, in June 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation officially declaring June 16 a federal holiday; and,
WHATEVER, this year we are proud to celebrate June 16th as an official national holiday for the first time; and,
WHATEVER, It is imperative that we continue to work towards a fairer and just Michigan and ensure the joys of liberty and justice for every resident of our state.
SO NOW, Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan, and Garlin Gilchrist II, Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, hereby declare June 19, 2022 as June 16 in Michigan. We encourage all citizens of the state of Michigan to participate in the Juneteenth Freedom Festival and celebrate African American history and culture as we continue to promote diversity, equality, and a strong sense of community in our state.
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