Governor Wolf Declares “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania

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first_imgGovernor Wolf Declares “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania June 19, 2019 Holidays,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 9, formerly House Bill 619, which designates June 19 as “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in Pennsylvania.“While Independence Day marks the conception of a free nation, Juneteenth is a celebration of the fulfillment of this ideal through the Emancipation Proclamation,” said Gov. Wolf. “In honoring this day, I encourage all Pennsylvanians to reflect on the struggles and sacrifices our forefathers made to give us freedom, while realizing the importance of continuing to build a nation that truly reflects the self-evident truth that all people are created equal.”Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, recognizes news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching the furthest point in the south, Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. Slaves were previously unaware they had been made free nearly two years earlier until Union soldiers reached them after the conclusion of the Civil War. Act 9 establishes Juneteenth as an official annual observance in Pennsylvania.“I am thrilled to see House Bill 619, Juneteenth National Freedom Day, signed by the governor, and I thank him and my colleagues in the House and Senate for their unanimous support,” said Rep. Sue Helm, who sponsored the legislation. “I hope that the annual observance of Juneteenth will lead to more knowledge and awareness of the events that unfolded in the years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and will help to tell the whole story of the abolition of slavery.”“On Juneteenth, we commemorate the day when millions of African Americans were freed from the horrors of slavery. We also celebrate the continued education and achievement of African Americans, in the face of overwhelming discrimination and hardship,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “Today should be a reminder to us – as individuals, as institutions – to recommit to liberty, justice and equality, so we can move our nation forward, providing opportunities and promoting success for all.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


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first_imgTEAM Coco’s Jamal John returned one hour 35 minutes 19 seconds in winning the Banks DIH Limited- sponsored 40-mile cycle road race under its PowerAde brand yesterday in the West Demerara area.The race which was originally slated for 50 miles from Wales to Parika and back to Schoonord near the Demerara harbor Bridge, saw instead the participants moving off from the designated starting point in a roll start and the participants got the green flag from the entrance of the Harbour Bridge from where the bunch stuck together on both the upward and downward journey.It was with approximately 400 metres remaining that Walter Grant Stuart and Silvio Inniss jumped the pack and opened a small lead which was short lived as Paul DeNobraga, Geron Williams and John responded and sailed past Grant-Stuart and Inniss and headed to the line.Nearing the end, John, who won the event last year, surged ahead of DeNobrega and Williams to win from Team Evolution’s DeNobrega and Continental Cycle Club’s Williams.Akeem Wilkinson, Grant-Stuart and Inniss placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.During the course of the event, Jernel Yearwood won two of the eight prime prizes that were up for grabs, while John, Christopher Griffith, Williams, Deoraj Garbarran, Mark Harris and DeNobrega won one each.According to reports, there were no breaks during the course of the race as the riders were tightly knitted throughout the entire 40 miles.John won the event last year, but that time the event was a 50-mile event and the reason for reducing the distance is unknown.In other results, Nigel Duguid won the junior category ahead of Briton John and Adelie Hodge respectively, while Warren Mckay won the veterans’ category ahead of Junior Niles and Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson, in that order.The mountain bike category was won by Talim Shaw. Second was Julio Melville and finishing third was Ozia McAullay.The activity was organized by cycling coach Hassan Mohamed who thanked the participants for their involvement in the race and promised two more events before the season ends next month.The presentation of prizes to the respective winners was done by Banks DIH’s PowerAde brand manager, Errol Nelson.last_img

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