STUDIO CITY, CA — It’s been celebrated for decades, but Juneteenth will only mark its second year as a federal holiday on Monday.
For Studio City residents, events will take place over the long weekend; some workers will have a day off on Monday and many buildings will close on that day.
June 19 is a day that commemorates June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed – they were the last to hear of their freedom. The holiday has also been called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.
Last year, Congress and President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday. It was the first time the U.S. government designated a new federal holiday since approving Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.
This year, nearly 20 states were to close state offices and furlough most of their public employees.
California’s AB-1655 passed the Assembly and moved to the Senate this month, and cities like Los Angeles have already signed proclamations making June 16 a holiday.
The day is generally recognized as June 19, but as it falls on a Sunday this year it will be observed on Monday to give workers a paid day off.
Here’s what will be closed or canceled at Studio City on Monday:
- Federal government buildings
- city buildings
- Municipal services
- Los Angeles County Libraries
- The US Postal Service/Post Offices
Angelenos can view their Los Angeles holiday trash pickup schedule at www.lacitysan.org.
In Hollywood, Juneteenth will be celebrated at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday with a lineup of performances by Khalid, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Roots, Lucky Daye, Robert Glasper, Killer Mike, Billy Porter, Mary Mary, Anthony Hamilton, Michelle Williams, Mickey Guyton and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Thomas Wilkins and Derrick Hodge will also conduct the Re-Collective Orchestra, the first-ever performance by an all-black symphony orchestra on the Hollywood Bowl stage, according to the venue’s website.
Tickets start at $60 and can be purchased here.
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously in August 2020 to begin the process to make Juneteenth – June 19 – an official holiday to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States. The motion was brought forward by councilors Curren Price, Herb Wesson and Marqueece Harris-Dawson following demonstrations in June 2020 demanding racial equity and justice in the country and to protest the killings of black Americans at the hands of the police.
“The recognition of Juneteenth by the federal government, and now with this second-largest city in the United States, signals a long overdue tide shift in the name of fairness, racial justice and dignity,” Price said Friday. “As a 71-year-old black man in America, I have lived through the struggles and understand firsthand the toll it has taken on our people. In the words of the great Maya Angelou, ‘We always rise ‘”.
“The journey of Black Americans has been long and windy, filled with a bruised and shameful past. However, embracing the pain and remembering and honoring our sacrifice strengthens and unites us,” he added.
Harris-Dawson told the meeting that the “sanitized version” is that it took the military two years to get to Texas, adding that “the real story is that the White House sent not one but two emissaries to the States to give them the documents.These people were killed before they got there.
He also spoke ahead of the vote and contrasted the vote with the presence of a Confederate flag at the meeting, which was waved by Mike Greenspan, who frequently speaks and uses racist language at council meetings. municipal.
“I am struck by the irony of where we are today…as we discuss June 19, a man stood 20 feet away from me on a podium holding the battle flag of the Confederate Army, the deadliest fight in the history of the United States,” Harris-Dawson said.
Ahead of the vote, Wesson described the horrors experienced by kidnapped Africans as they were brought on boats to the United States, as well as the experience of black people in the United States on Friday, saying:
“It is now our responsibility to ensure that these dreams come true in a world that was built to ensure that black people fail, that black people live a life of mediocrity at best. If you truly believe in your heart and your soul that what was done in the past was wrong, so let’s change it, the systems in place in this country today are systems that don’t treat people of color fairly.”
He also spoke about how systemic racism in the United States has affected him personally, saying, “I have to read something 10 times when maybe you only have to read it once, because that the school I went to as a kid sucked, but I read 10 times because I want to be the best I can be.”
The city council voted 14 to 0 to make June 16 a paid holiday for employees, starting this Monday.
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The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report.