Today Governor Cooper issued a proclamation recognizing Juneteenth in North Carolina. Juneteenth is an annual holiday on June 19th that commemorates the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas learned they had been emancipated and were finally freed.
“Juneteenth is a reminder that even 155 years after the last slaves were notified of their freedom, we must still fight together for change and champion racial equity. I am committed to making our education, economic, criminal justice, and healthcare systems equal and fair,” Cooper said.
In a video posted to his social media accounts, the governor said that recent events have spurred us into difficult but necessary conversations.
“This is a day to celebrate Black liberation, freedom and independence. But it’s also time to recognize our country’s history, the accomplishments of Black people and the necessary progress that still must come,” he said.
Governor Cooper recently launched the North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice to help build a more equitable criminal justice system, WNCT reports. Attorney General Josh Stein and Supreme Court Associate Justice Anita Earls both co-chair that task force.
Read the full story on the Juneteenth proclamation from WNCT.