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‘We just want to have the history right’ Lawmakers pushing for May 20 to be recognized as state Emancipation Day

Florida law makers are pushing a proposal to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, but for...
Florida law makers are pushing a proposal to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, but for many Floridians, Emancipation Day celebrated on May 20 should be celebrated as well.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida law makers are pushing a proposal to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, but for many Floridians, Emancipation Day celebrated on May 20 should be celebrated as well.

May 20 is a day of big community celebrations in Tallahassee every year.

That’s why the NAACP - Tallahassee branch is asking the state Legislature to do the same.

Mutaqee Akbar with NAACP - Tallahassee explained, “It’s just as important to celebrate Emancipation Day on the right date in Florida. Juneteenth has kind of been the catch phrase, it’s popular, and it’s not Florida’s emancipation. We just want to have the history right.”

The bill to recognizing Juneteenth passed its first committee this week, and Leon County passed a resolution last fall recognizing May 20 as Emancipation Day.

Leon was the first county in the state to do so.

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