#Juneteenth an official holiday in VA #dablock

With P by his side, Governor Ralph Northam spoke about the significance of June 19th. Northam tells the Daily Press, "[Juneteenth] matters now because it says to the Black community, this is not just your history, this is everyone’s shared history, and we recognize it together… This symbol, this holiday, is one step towards reconciliation.”

This holiday isn’t just a symbolic declaration -- it means that state workers will get a paid day off. The Governor is pushing to have this extended to schools, courts and local governments.