TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Metropolis of Tampa is marking a primary this yr: it’s going to fly the Juneteenth flag atop of Previous Metropolis Corridor.
Throughout the nation, Juneteenth is getting much more consideration after Congress voted, and the president agreed, to make the day a nationwide vacation.
“At present is a day of celebration. It isn’t solely a day of delight, it’s also a day for us to reaffirm and rededicate ourselves to motion. With that I say pleased Juneteenth all people,” Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned.
This can imply a number of issues. First, that is the primary new federal vacation since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created again in 1983.
Most federal workers may have the time without work, observing it this yr on Friday because it falls on a weekend.
President Biden mentioned Thursday after signing the brand new vacation that it is a huge step in equality for all.
“Emancipation of enslaved Black Individuals didn’t mark the top of America’s phrase to ship on the promise of equality. It solely marked the start,” Biden mentioned. “To honor the true that means of Juneteenth we’ve got to proceed in the direction of that promise as a result of we’ve got not gotten there but.”
The Tampa Bay Juneteenth coalition is working to vary and broaden the training into this vital vacation. The state of Florida at the moment doesn’t point out Juneteenth within the curriculum or textbooks.
“We’re kings and queens. We’ve at all times been kings and queens, however we had been by no means taught that. Training is energy,” Tampa Bay Juneteenth Coalition President Philetha Tucker-Johnson mentioned.
This weekend, not solely is the Juneteenth flag flying above Tampa Metropolis Corridor, however the bridges can be lit up crimson, inexperienced and yellow. There are a number of different occasions taking place throughout the Tampa Bay space as effectively.