Juneteenth recognized as official, commemorative holiday in Denver

Published on February 22, 2021

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Councilman Christopher Herndon celebrated the adoption tonight of a proposal to establish Juneteenth as a commemorative holiday in Denver. Beginning in 2021, Juneteenth will be recognized on the Saturday closest to June 19 as Denver’s day for celebration. The proposal was approved by City Council in a unanimous vote.

"I’m proud to have worked with Councilman Herndon and community leader, Norman Harris to help make Juneteenth a citywide, commemorative holiday to elevate the experience of African Americans in our city and across the country,” Mayor Hancock said. “This long overdue recognition honors African American freedom, history and achievement; renews Denver’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; and opens the door for residents, especially our young people, to be educated about this moment in American history, learn from its lessons, and embrace and understand its impacts on modern culture.

"Denver has a proud, longstanding tradition of celebrating Juneteenth in the community,” Councilman Herndon said. “This is an opportunity to shine a light on Black history and officially recognize and celebrate our freedom, heritage, and achievement.”

 

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