Rep. Kelly: Juneteenth is a Start, but Black Americans Need & Deserve More

Congresswoman Robin Kelly. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)
Congresswoman Robin Kelly. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Washington, D.C.-(ENEWSPF)- Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) today released the following statement on the adoption of Juneteenth as a federal holiday:

“Creating a federal holiday for Juneteenth is a worthy recognition, but a federal holiday to celebrate the day when the last enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom – a secret that was kept from them for more than two years – is a far cry from the legislation that Black Americans need or deserve.

Voting rights are under attack – we must pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Black people are disproportionately killed by police – we must pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Lynching is still not a federal hate crime – we must pass the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. Black mothers are dying from pregnancy and childbirth at higher rates than other women – we must pass the MOMMA’s Act and expand Medicaid.

While I hope that Americans will use the holiday to educate themselves and their children about the meaning of Juneteenth, I urge my colleagues to continue fighting for legislative reforms and initiatives that actually protect and ensure the rights of Black Americans.”

Summer and Fall at Prairie State College

Final 2023 Mayoral Forum with Joe Woods

Final Village Trustee Forum – March 19, 2023