Juneteenth Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson

“Today we celebrate Juneteenth, the anniversary of the end of slavery in Texas and the end of one of the darkest chapters in American history. But the work of building an America free from racial discrimination did not stop 154 years ago today. Juneteenth is a celebration of the progress we have made but it is also a reminder of how much work still lays before us. Let us all take today to recommit ourselves to the fight for racial equality in this country and let us never stop fighting until the day we can honestly say that liberty and justice are enjoyed equally by all Americans.”