New York City Mayor Eric Adams is making Juneteenth a city-wide paid holiday.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams released the following statement on Monday, April 11, after officially designating Juneteenth a paid city holiday for the first time in New York City history.

“As the second Black mayor of New York City, I know that I stand on the shoulders of countless heroes and sheroes who put their lives on the line to secure a more perfect union,” the mayor, who announced he had contracted COVID-19 on Sunday, April 10, said. “Now is the time for me to do a small part and recognize one of our nation’s greatest wrongs.”

“Juneteenth is a time for reflection, assessment, and self-improvement,” Adams continued. “People across the country of all races, nationalities, and religions unite on this day to truthfully acknowledge the stain of slavery and celebrate the countless contributions of Black Americans. It’s time for our city to finally do what’s right and officially designate Juneteenth as a city holiday. This decision is long overdue, which is why it will immediately take effect this year.”

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