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Member of the Los Angeles Council Current price (courtesy photo)

For the first time, on June 20, 2022, Los Angeles will celebrate June 10 – which marks the end of slavery in our nation – as the city’s official holiday. Let it sink.

Two years ago, in the midst of civil unrest in 2020, I submitted a proposal to create a holiday that the African-American community has long celebrated. Seeing this moment finally take place should serve as a place of great pride for every Angeleno.

Earlier this month, Mayor Eric Garsetti signed a proclamation marking the city’s 13th day, a Los Angeles City Council resolution on June 17.

From the moment the first African was abducted from their homeland. Detached from their families. Chained to the bottom of a slave ship. Put on an auction block and sell as animals. Deprived of their humanity. Forced to do hard work, subjected to insidious acts of violence in this bitter moment.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation “officially” ended slavery on January 1, 1863, more than two years later, on June 19, 1865, 250,000 slaves in Texas learned that they were in fact free. Even after being informed of their freedom, their former owners tried to prevent them from leaving.

There is a wild echo and the loud cries of our ancestors, which marks a new chapter in the history of blacks.

June 10: Recognition as a day of relief from the dangers of one of our nation’s darkest heads. A date that brings significant historical estimates to black Americans in both courage and resilience.

The recognition of Juneteenth by the federal government and now the second largest city in the United States signals a changing tide. One who has long been late in the name of justice, racial justice and dignity.

As a 71-year-old black man in America, I have lived through the struggles and I know firsthand the consequences it has had on our people.

The journey for black Americans was long and winding, filled with a broken, shameful past. However, embracing the pain and remembering and honoring our victim strengthens and unites us. Despite adversity and suffering, our culture continues to be a culture of purpose, promise and hope.

On this 16 June, I would like to pay tribute to past generations who have paved the way for our communities to move forward in a more dignified way. Let’s pause this eleventh to own our story. From the good, the bad and between them, it is through trials and tribulations that the stability of our human spirit radiates.

While Juneteenth is for honest and open opposition to injustice. It is also about acceptance, allowing present and future generations to learn and grow from the past transgressions of our country.

This is a beautiful time. People, especially our young people, find their voice in the fight against atrocities. Humanity is being revived and is on the path to a fairer and fairer treatment of all people. The meaning of Juneteenth came out of the shadows and into the light for the rest of the world to understand and celebrate with us.

The faith and strength of our African-American community are unshakable, proving time and time again that we are ready to overcome the injustices of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

The holiday will be recognized as a city holiday on June 19 each year. If the 19th falls on a Saturday, the holiday will be celebrated the previous Friday, and if it falls on a Sunday, as this year, it will be recognized next Monday.

June 16 for the Black Community serves as our day of freedom, our true day of emancipation. Now this will be a day of remembrance of our city. Happy June, Los Angeles!

Dear Karen D. Price Jr. is a member of the Los Angeles County City Council.

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