RA Fong shares South Central & Great Plains fellow Administrators James and Lark's Op-ed

SBA Pacific Northwest, Region X  -  June 17, 2022

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"Juneteenth" Federal holiday on June 19th Commemorates the End of Slavery Dating Back to the End of the Civil War 

Mike Fong

Juneteenth, official name: “Juneteenth National Independence Day”, became a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth which commemorates the end of slavery in the US, is observed annually on June 19. Historically, the first official Juneteenth celebrations took place in Texas, and it became a state holiday in 1980. Soon after, other states followed suit.

Celebrations have continued and only have grown across the United States, including in the Pacific NW and into the 21st century, and typically include prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, family gatherings and picnics, and festivals with music, food, and dancing.

Please take some time to read Administrator Lark and James' Op-ed below.

Photos of SBA Regional Administrator's Versie Lark (on left) and Ted James (on right)

U.S. Small Business Administration's Great Plains Regional Administrator Versie Lark (on left) and South Central Regional Administrator Ted James (on right)

Go to the Op-ed


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