Governor Cooper Proclaims June 19 As Juneteenth Day

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed June 19 as Juneteenth Day in North Carolina, honoring the oldest known commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

“As we celebrate Black heritage, history and freedom, it’s critical that we also take this opportunity to both celebrate the progress we’ve made and accept the challenge we still face to achieve true racial equality,” said Gov. Cooper. “By addressing the systemic racism that has been in our communities for centuries, we can create a more just and equitable future.”

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the news of freedom, reaching some of the last enslaved men and women in the United States.

Despite over 150 years of progress since the abolition of slavery, Black communities still face economic, institutional and social barriers. Over the past year, communities across the state and nation have continued to grapple with these inequities in order to build a fairer, more just society.

In June 2020, Gov. Cooper established the Andrea Harris Social Economic Environmental Health Disparities Task Force to address the longstanding, systemic disparities in communities of color. He also created the North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice to acknowledge and eliminate systemic racial bias in criminal justice.

Read the proclamation.

Learn more about the Andrea Harris Social Economic Environmental Health Disparities Task Force.

Learn more about the North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice.


  1. If Juneteenth is such a spectacular day, then how did it take 155 years for it to become publicized? How can we only set aside one day a year to commemorate the sacrifice of all military personnel that gave their lives for our Country but yet we have to set aside a whole month for Black History and Gay Pride (which is just really to advertise and force acceptance of how somebody is sexually oriented)?

    Juneteeth .. never heard of it but I can understand it. Unfortunately it seems to me that it has lost all of its legitimacy and is just another liberal-backed appeasement to BLM

    Black History Month .. ok, by all means be proud of who you, the road you had to travel to get here and make something of yourself. The American Dream
    Gay Pride Month .. WHO CARES which way you go. Used to be “don’t ask, don’t tell”. Now I’m of the mindset ‘Not asking and I da*n sure don’t want to know! You do your thing & I’ll do mine.” Personally, I’m offended that it’s being forced into my way of life for acceptance at every turn .. I’ll never accept it, not that my opinion matters and I sure wont cater to it.

  2. If only Cooper had any sense. It’s worth celebrating, the end of slavery. Not just for blacks but for all races and genders. It ended 150+ years ago, since then there was a harmony that was lost when socialist set their eyes on racial division as a way to destroy our democracy.
    Cooper, you should read a book. You should take off your plantation blinders that your party has placed on you.

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