DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day:
“Today, we remember the momentous step forward that America took on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and inform the last of our nation’s slaves that they were freed.
“As we commemorate that historic day and honor the American traditions of freedom and equality for all, it’s important that we also recognize the incredible sacrifices made by African Americans and so many others that brought our country to this crucial turning point—generations who were sold or born into slavery, courageous Americans who advocated tirelessly for emancipation, and all of those who fought bravely and lost their lives for freedom over the course of the Civil War.
“While we celebrate the freedoms that define us as Americans and make our country great, we must also recognize that there is more to do. True equality means guaranteeing that everyone—African Americans and all Americans—has a fair shot and a fair chance to succeed.
“This Juneteenth, let us recommit ourselves to that fundamental mission—and keep fighting to ensure that every individual in this country has the opportunity to go as far as their own talents and hard work will take them.”