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ATLANTA - Alveda King, a Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding the designation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday:
“For the past decade Civil Rights for the Unborn, a ministry of Priests for Life, in concert with the National Black Prolife Coalition, has been working to make Juneteenth a national holiday.
“In 2020, national Black leaders met and prayed with President Donald J. Trump and Juneteenth was a high priority during the discussion. Shortly afterwards President Trump expressed his support from the White House for the initiative.
“I’m glad to see that our dream has finally been realized. I thank God and everyone who helped to get a bill passed and signed into law to make Juneteenth a national holiday.”
June 19th marks the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas learned that slavery had ended in the U.S. when President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was enacted on Jan. 1, 1863.
Priests for Life (EndAbortion.US) is the world’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated exclusively to ending abortion.