In keeping with the ideals of Lakewood’s Community Dialogue on Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Lakewood Mayor Steve Croft has issued a proclamation on behalf of the entire City Council honoring Juneteenth.
The proclamation reads in part: “…WHEREAS, the horrors and human indignity of slavery forever remain a part of American history, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education, awareness, reflection and rejoicing for citizens of all races and ethnic backgrounds who cherish the ideals of freedom, civil rights and democracy in our nation,
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, Steve Croft, Mayor of Lakewood, on behalf of the Lakewood City Council and the entire Lakewood community, do hereby proclaim June 19 as Juneteenth in Lakewood, and encourage residents to learn more about the significance of this historic milestone, and the African American struggle for civil rights and their many achievements, as we continue to honor and celebrate the diversity of our residents and our community in Lakewood.”
Juneteenth traces its origins to June 19, 1865, when word finally reached slaves in Texas that they were free, even though the Civil War had been over for two months.
Juneteenth has evolved to become a day of commemoration for African American freedom and a day to emphasize education, awareness, reflection and rejoicing for citizens of all races and ethnic backgrounds who cherish the ideals of freedom, civil rights and democracy.
The City of Lakewood joins the federal and state governments and hundreds of public and private organizations in paying tribute to this important commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.
The national commemoration of Juneteenth was approved in a bipartisan manner by Congress and President Biden in 2021.
Learn more about Juneteenth as well as the historical legacy of Juneteenth at the Smithsonian Institution’s website.
Explore virtual programs and reading lists at the L.A. County Library’s webpage on Juneteenth.