Biden Celebrates Early Juneteenth with Star-Studded White House Concert

U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris celebrated Juneteenth early with a White House concert featuring Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, and rapper Doug E. Fresh. Juneteenth, now a federal holiday, commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. after the Civil War.


Reuters | Updated: 11-06-2024 10:28 IST | Created: 11-06-2024 10:28 IST
Biden Celebrates Early Juneteenth with Star-Studded White House Concert
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Biden, in early Juneteenth party, vows to keep fighting for Black Americans' freedoms

U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris celebrated the Juneteenth holiday early on Monday with a White House concert that included singers Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle and rapper Doug E. Fresh. Biden signed a law in 2021 that made June 19, or Juneteenth, a federal holiday. It commemorates the day in 1865 - after the Confederate states surrendered to end the Civil War - when a Union general arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform a group of enslaved African Americans of their freedom under President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

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