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MCBA Board for the Advancement of Racial Equity & Social Justice Announces

Juneteenth Declared State Holiday

 

Governor Murphy recently signed legislation designating Juneteenth as a State and Public Holiday.  The holiday will be observed on the third Friday in June, beginning June 18, 2021. 

 

Juneteenth commemorates the day that the edict officially reached Texas that the Civil War had ended and 250,000 slaves were finally free.   The news was delivered on June 19, 1865; two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.   For African Americans Juneteenth is recognized as a day of learning and reflection about the history of injustice and the struggles African Americans in this country have faced since their ancestors first arrived in Virginia as slaves over 400 years ago. 

 

The MCBA was proud to recognize and celebrate the importance of this day in history this June.  We now look forward to commemorating this day as an important new State and Public Holiday.  Please mark your calendars  for  June 18, 2021, and the third Friday of June each year thereafter

 

For more information on Juneteenth, please visit https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm.

 

For more information on Governor Murphy’s legislation on Juneteenth, please visit https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200910b.shtml.


Over the coming months the Board will formally announce its upcoming program schedule:

If you would like to learn more about MCBA BARESJ and/or get involved, please contact one of us or MCBA Executive Director Jonathan Cowles.

 

Thank you.

 

Rachel Holt/Valerie Jackson/W. Lois Kahagi

Co-Chairs, BARESJ

Eugene Wishnic
President

 


The Mission of the MCBA BARESJ is to be proactive in acknowledging and confronting issues of systemic racism, bias and discrimination in our justice system and community.   We are committed to effectuating lasting change through building allyship with communities of color, educating our peers about the history of insidious racism against Black Americans and the impact that bias and discrimination has had on communities of color. We are calling on our legal community to work to reform the judicial system to ensure that it is one of justice and fairness for all.

The vision of the MCBA BARESJ is to create a community and justice system within Middlesex County that is equitable in its treatment of all citizens, regardless of race.

 

MCBA BARESJ upcoming program schedule:

If you would like to learn more about MCBA BARESJ and/or get involved, please contact one of us or MCBA Executive Director Jonathan Cowles.


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