Board recognizes importance of June 19 Independence Day

The San Diego County School Board unanimously passed a resolution at its June 2022 meeting designating June 19, 2022 as June 19 Independence Day. Resolution 2022-12 reads as follows:

WHEREAS news of the end of slavery did not reach the frontier regions of the United States, particularly the state of Texas and the other southwestern states, until months after the end of the Civil War, more than 2.5 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863; and

WHEREAS on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War was over and the slaves were free; and

WHEREAS African Americans who had been enslaved in the Southwest celebrated June 19, commonly referred to as Juneteenth Independence Day, as a source of inspiration and encouragement for future generations; and WHEREAS African Americans in the Southwest have continued the tradition of observing Juneteenth for over 150 years; and

WHEREAS the United States Congress has designated June 19 as “Juneteenth Independence Day” and Juneteenth is now observed in nearly every state in the country as a special day of observance in recognition of the emancipation of all slaves in the United States; and

WHEREAS Black history is part of American history and as education leaders we have a responsibility to educate students throughout the year about the contribution of African Americans; and WHEREAS Juneteenth is an opportunity for the people of the United States – regardless of race, ethnicity or origin – to learn about the past, to better understand and consider the experiences that have shaped the United States, and recognize that respecting the end of slavery is part of the history and heritage of the United States; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the San Diego County School Board designate June 19, 2022 as June 19 Independence Day.

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