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Happy Friday everyone! It’s going to be a rather stormy weekend here in Alabama, so I’m going to take the next couple of days off from blogging, snuggle in and binge watch movies and read. Before I do so I did want to acknowledge two very important holidays that are taking place.

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Tomorrow is Juneteenth, which commemorates the day that the last remaining slaves in the U.S. were informed they were free. If you’d like to learn more visit https://juneteenth.com This year it takes on a whole new meaning as it was just made a federal holiday. The Senate unanimously voted for it, and the House overwhelmingly approved it except for 14 Republican representatives. 

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94-year-old Texas activist, Opal Lee, has tirelessly worked for years to make Juneteenth a national holiday, and yesterday she got her wish as President Biden signed it into law.

President Biden Signs Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 17: (L-R) Ninety-four-year-old activist and retired educator Opal Lee, known as the Grandmother of Juneteenth, speaks with U.S. President Joe Biden after he signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in the East Room of the White House on June 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Juneteenth holiday marks the end of slavery in the United States and the Juneteenth National Independence Day will become the 12th legal federal holiday — the first new one since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

While there is obviously so much work left to be done in this country, make no mistake, this is a huge victory and should be celebrated.

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Sunday is Father’s Day, and I want to wish Dads everywhere a very happy one. Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone and I’ll be back on Monday!

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