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President Biden signs the measure making Juneteenth a federal holiday alongside Vice President Harris, members of Congress and activist Opal Lee.

Parties unite on Juneteenth vote, but can bipartisanship last?

Even as our political discourse remains mired in partisan sniping and the parties fail to collaborate on major policy initiatives, Republican and Democratic officials came together in near unanimity this week to make Juneteenth the newest federal holiday.

The measure moved swiftly through Congress, facing zero opposition in the Senate and only minimal resistance in the House. President Biden signed the bill into law on Thursday, just two days before Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June 19).

While the end of chattel slavery in the United States will now be officially commemorated, civil rights advocates emphasize there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, particularly on voting rights. Advocates say the wave of restrictive voting laws being enacted in GOP-led states is especially harmful to voters of color.

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'Juneteenth calls each of us into action'

As we celebrate Juneteenth, Rev. Dr. F. Willis Johnson Jr., vice president of partnerships and programming for the Bridge Alliance, shares his thoughts on our nation's newest federal holiday in "Reflections on Juneteenth."

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