Juneteenth is now a city holiday.
Beginning next year, June 19 will be observed as Juneteenth Independence Day in Charlotte, with city offices closed.
A City Council vote passed unanimously on Monday.
When asked for a show of hands in support of the motion, at-large member James “Smuggie” Mitchell folded his arms in an “X” over his chest in homage to “Wakanda Forever,” an iconic symbol in Marvel’s “Black Panther” films.
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Mayor Vi Lyles said recognizing Juneteenth as a city holiday was “needed and necessary.”
Lyles emphasized the importance of community equity. “I think this is a recognition and a way to say we’re very serious about this kind of action.”
On June 17, 2021. President Joe Biden signed a bill to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday.