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Cheri Beasley’s Statement Commemorating Juneteenth

RALEIGH: Today, U.S. Senate Candidate Cheri Beasley released the following statement in commemoration of Juneteenth:

“Today, we commemorate the date in 1865 when the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery in the United States, finally reached enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas – two and a half years after it was issued by President Abraham Lincoln.

Juneteenth reminds us that freedom and justice have been delayed for far too many Americans. Although there have been many collective actions to advance equality and justice for African Americans since that day, there is still much more work to be done to ensure that this country lives up to its promise of equality and justice for all. 

Today, as we recognize the deeply delayed emancipation of slavery in the United States, and celebrate the many contributions African Americans have made to this country despite facing adversity, we must recommit ourselves to fighting for and standing up for the promise of our nation – that all Americans, regardless of race, gender, class, or creed, have the opportunity for  prosperous, safe, and healthy lives.”