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In Recognition of
Juneteenth in the City of Ypsilanti
WHEREAS, on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, the last African Americans enslaved in the United States of America were set free, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery throughout the United States; and
WHEREAS, the end of slavery produced opportunities for future legislation that would ensure personal freedom, respect, equality and those basic rights as outlined by the government to be distributed uniformly in a spirit of justice to citizens without partiality or bias; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of the suffering endured by those previously enslaved, in honor of those who faced prejudice, and in celebration of those events and people that initiated a progressive shift towards a more unified nation, June 19th is observed as Juneteenth;
WHEREAS, this year marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth; and
WHEREAS, it is important for communities locally and abroad to recognize the roles, achievements, and contributions of Black Americans to our society, and honor their ancestral heritage upon whose shoulders many stand; and
WHEREAS, Juneteenth celebrations held across the United States serve as tools to develop civic respect for people of all cultures, to encourage advancement of education and self-improvement, and motivation for inclusion and equity; and
WHEREAS, the City of Ypsilanti wishes to acknowledge Juneteenth celebrations that occur throughout the month of June in the State of Michigan and supports such activities that promote unity, equality and education.
NOW, THEREFORE, the Council of the City of Ypsilanti, duly convened in regular session, does hereby:
RESOLVE that the City of Ypsilanti recognizes Juneteenth in the City of Ypsilanti; and be it further
RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Ypsilanti encourages all residents to participate in those Juneteenth activities that provide not only a sense of community to those within the City, but to all people in observation of unity and respect.