Biden signs Juneteenth bill, creating new federal holiday commemorating end of slavery in U.S.

Biden signs Juneteenth bill, creating new federal holiday commemorating end of slavery in U.S.

June 17, 2020 | By: Kevin Breuninger | CBSN – President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a bill establishing Juneteenth, the date commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday. Biden, in what he called “one of the greatest honors” of his presidency, signed the bill two days before Juneteenth itself, which is on June 19 each year. “We have come far, and we have far to go. But today is a day of celebration,” said Vice President Kamala Harris, who spoke before the president at the signing event in the White House. “Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,” Biden told the East Room crowd, which included dozens of politicians, activists and community leaders. “They embrace them.”