Tuesday, September 27, 2022

New York will have lights to celebrate a party that marks the end of slavery

New York City will illuminate some Its most symbolic buildings with the colors of the Pan-African flag (green, red and black) Celebrate the Juneteenth Party, which It marks the end of slavery in the United States and has been an official holiday since last year.

Mayor The New Yorker, Eric Adams, announced On this Sunday that tonight, the official day of the holiday, and tomorrow, the day the holiday is transferred, twenty official and symbolic buildings in the city will be illuminated.

between the symbols constructions are the Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Tower, Park Attractions at Coney Island’s Luna Park observatory of One World Skyscraper and Madison Square Garden,

Lighting of buildings to celebrate dates or occasions is a common practice in the city, which would paint the mayor’s office and the headquarters of district councils red, black and green.

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“Today is the time to remember and celebrate the countless contributions of African Americans to our nation, while the many sacrifices and hardships our community has endured,” said Adams, the second black mayor in the city’s history after David Dinkins. , who ran New York from 1990 to 1993.

Adams also announced that starting this year Juneteenth should be considered a paid holiday in the city.

Last year, United States President Joe Biden declared the day a national holiday following a wave of protests against racism and police violence that spread across the country following the May 2020 killing of George Floyd. man, by a white policeman.

It originated on June 19, 1865, when a Union general informed 250,000 slaves in Texas that they had been freed two years earlier by order of then-President Abraham Lincoln.

Until then the slaves did not know that they were free because the Texas slaves refused to obey Lincoln’s orders.

Red, black and green were adopted by the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) to represent the African diaspora and symbolize the black liberation movement during a convention held in the United States. in New York 1920.

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