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File #: RS2021-1004    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/7/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 6/15/2021 Final action: 6/15/2021
Title: A resolution requesting the Metropolitan Civil Service Commission to provide employees the option of observing June 19, Juneteenth, as a Metropolitan Government holiday instead of Veteran's Day.
Sponsors: Tanaka Vercher, Sharon Hurt, Joy Styles, Sandra Sepulveda, Antoinette Lee, Emily Benedict, Brandon Taylor, Delishia Porterfield, Zulfat Suara
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A resolution requesting the Metropolitan Civil Service Commission to provide employees the option of observing June 19, Juneteenth, as a Metropolitan Government holiday instead of Veteran's Day.


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WHEREAS, Juneteenth, also known as "Juneteenth Independence Day," "Emancipation Day," "Emancipation Celebration," and "Freedom Day," is recognized as the end of chattel slavery in the United States and is the oldest African American holiday observance in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth commemorates the strong survival instinct of African Americans who were first brought to this country stacked in the bottom of slave ships in a month-long journey across the Atlantic Ocean known as the "Middle Passage"; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed when General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No. 3, almost two and one-half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation; and

WHEREAS, observance of Juneteenth, a reminder of emancipation, spread from Texas to the neighboring states of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, as well as Alabama, Florida, and California, where many African American Texans migrated; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, family gatherings and community festivals. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement, and planning for the future; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth symbolizes freedom, celebrates the abolishment of slavery, and reminds all Americans of the significant contributions of African Americans to our society; and

WHEREAS, Section 4.5 of the Civil Service Rules provides for the official holidays of the Metropolitan Government; and

WHEREAS, on May 10, 2016, the Metropolitan Civil Service Commission amended t...

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