Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) released the following statement in observation of Juneteenth, a celebration of June 19th, 1865, a holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery in Texas and remembering the Emancipation Proclamation.
"Today we celebrate the day when America began the long road to reconciliation for the scourge of slavery. From the balcony of a Galveston home, Union General Gordon Granger announced, in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, all men were free. It had been two years since President Lincoln had signed the executive order freeing all slaves.
"Even as we have made strides toward racial justice, we are still working to fulfill the promise made on that day 148 years ago. Middle and working class families are still under attack by politicians who want to give handouts to Wall Street while asking them to pay more. As we celebrate Juneteenth, I will continue the fight for economic justice for all."