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Juneteenth becomes a national holiday

 

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a bill establishing Juneteenth, the date commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday. Biden, in what he called “one of the greatest honors” of his presidency, signed the bill two days before Juneteenth itself, which is on June 19 each year, notes CNBC.

 

Companies such as Nike, JCPenney and Target are embracing Juneteenth as a holiday, reports NPR, largely responding to the massive social movement that was fueled by the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. "Not only is inclusive diversity and equity the moral thing to do, but it actually makes good business sense, too," says Christy Harris, senior vice president of human resources at Allstate, which has also given its employees the day off.

 
 
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