President Joe Biden signed legislation into law Thursday, June 17, 2021 establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day -- a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
"Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation, and a promise of a brighter morning to come. This is a day of profound weight and profound power.
A day in which we remember the moral stain, the terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take — what I’ve long called 'America’s original sin.'
At the same time, I also remember the extraordinary capacity to heal, and to hope, and to emerge from the most painful moments and a bitter, bitter version of ourselves, but to make a better version of ourselves."
Due to the short notice of the new holiday, and different application of holidays for various labor groups, the City of Mill Valley will continue operations as normal/planned.
The City of Mill Valley encourages community members and City employees to mark Juneteenth as a day to reflect on equity and racial justice, the progress that has been made, and to also recognize the work that remains to be done. As we acknowledge this day and consider its history and meaning, we encourage community members to join us in action towards eliminating racial disparities, both inside government and in the community.