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CAIR and CAIR-Florida Welcome New Juneteenth Federal Holiday

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(Tampa, FL, 6/17/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed passage of legislation marking Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

Later today, President Biden will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that commemorates the day — June 19, 1865 — when enslaved people in Texas were told of the Emancipation Proclamation.

SEE: Biden Signs Law Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday


CAIR-Florida civil rights attorney Omar Saleh stated: "We welcome passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. Commemorative legislation is one thing, but we also need to combat the real-time suppression of efforts making people aware of the history of the minority struggle in this country." Attorney Saleh added, "Teaching it victimizes no one, but failing to do so offends the fabric of who we actually are."

[NOTE: “Juneteenth,” or “Freedom Day,” commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas; the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. That announcement came two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863, which ended slavery in the United States. The 1863 proclamation was ignored by Confederate states, and it was not until the end of the war in 1865 that the order was enforced in the South.] 

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.      

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, Ph: 305-502-6749; E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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