CHICAGO (CBS) — President Joe Biden is expected to sign a bill that would honor Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
June 19th was the day in 1865 that marked the emancipation of all enslaved Americans.READ MORE: Mars Wrigley Says It Will Move Most Operations Out Of Its Plant On Chicago's West Side Over Next 2 Years
The legislation passed in the House, and now, the bill is on the president’s desk.
In an interview on CBS This Morning, Tina Knowles-Lawson, mom to Beyoncé and Solange, spoke about the importance of the day.READ MORE: Uber Driver Shot On Eisenhower Expressway
“I couldn’t be happier that there’s finally a focus on the truth,” she said. “I mean, this is not the only history that’s been either overlooked or changed or rewritten.”
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Governor JB Pritzker signed it into law Wednesday.