Taylor Swift Calls For Juneteenth To Be National Holiday

Taylor Swift has called for Juneteenth to “be celebrated as a National holiday.”

On social media, she posted a video of The Root writer Danielle Young that explains the history of June 19 and promised to allow her staff to take a holiday on the date.

June 19 is also known as Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and as Freedom Day.

The Juneteenth holiday celebrates the liberation of those who had been held as slaves in the United States. Originating in Texas, it is now celebrated annually on the 19th of June throughout the country, with varying official recognition.

“Personally, I’ve made the decision to give all of my employees June 19th off in honor of Freedom Day from now on, and to continue to educate myself on the history that brought us to this present moment,” Swift wrote on Instagram.

“For my family, everything that has transpired recently gives us an opportunity to reflect, listen, and reprogram any part of our lives that hasn’t been loudly and ferociously anti-racist, and to never let privilege lie dormant when it could be used to stand up for what’s right,” the singer added.

(Photo: Valheria Rocha)

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