Federal Holiday

Opal Lee’s dream of seeing Juneteenth become a federal holiday was finally realized over the summer, but the energetic woman who spent years rallying people to join her push for the day commemorating the end of slavery is hardly letting up on a lifetime of work teaching and helping others.

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday to establish June 19 officially as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday to establish June 19 officially as Juneteenth National Independence Day.