Peters Statement on Juneteenth Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day. On June 19th each year, Juneteenth Independence Day commemorates the day the last remaining African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation.

“As we recognize Juneteenth Independence Day and the closing of one of our nation’s darkest periods, we must acknowledge that the battle for equality is far from finished.

“From fighting against efforts to roll-back hard-earned victories, such as the Voting Rights Act, to reforming our criminal justice system, we must recommit ourselves to overcoming these systemic challenges and to our shared goal of building a more perfect union that provides greater opportunities for all Americans.”