MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:02:53 +0000 Activist: Juneteenth holiday is 'long overdue' http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/5aecd3b5c16a480aaf0b3c90a689c93f As President Joe Biden was signing into law on Thursday a bill recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, a senior center in Seattle was already celebrating the traditional African American holiday. (June 17) 5aecd3b5c16a480aaf0b3c90a689c93f Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:55:32 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESS  Seattle  – 17 June 20211. Various of Southeast Seattle Senior Center's Juneteenth celebration2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lynda Greene, Southeast Seattle Senior Center Executive Director:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"The African-American community has celebrated Juneteenth…since its inception, actually. So for us, we've continued to celebrate it. We're just glad that the rest of the country now is part of our celebration."3. Various of Southeast Seattle Senior Center's Juneteenth celebration4. SOUNDBITE (English) Larry Gossett, former King County Councilmember and activist:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"I'm very excited over the fact that yesterday or the day before yesterday, the federal government voted and declared Juneteenth a national holiday. I think that kind of a recognition is long overdue. As an African-American who is a descendant of slaves from Texas, I am particularly thrilled by that recognition."5. UPSOUND speaker at event: "When is Juneteenth?!"6. Gossett at the event7. Various of Southeast Seattle Senior Center's Juneteenth celebration8. SOUNDBITE (English) Lynda Greene, Southeast Seattle Senior Center Executive Director:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"It really is bittersweet because for most African-Americans, it's a reflection of where we've been as a country and to finally have a significant day acknowledged by the political folks here, that's meaningful, but also celebrating Juneteenth brings back a lot of sad memories because I know that my grandparents and my great grandparents were part of that transition. So it makes me sad on one hand, but it makes me feel very, very proud that at least the nation is now understanding what Juneteenth is all about."9. Greene greets one of the event's speakersSTORYLINE:As President Joe Biden was signing into law a bill recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, a senior center in Seattle was already celebrating the traditional African American holiday.Among the revelers was Larry Gossett, who is a former longtime county councilmember and activist in Seattle."I think that kind of a recognition is long overdue. As an African-American who is a descendant of slaves from Texas, I am particularly thrilled by that recognition," he said.Juneteenth marks when when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 — some 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had freed slaves in Southern states. Black communities have been celebrating Juneteenth for decades. "We're just glad that the rest of the country now is part of our celebration," said Lynda Greene, executive director of the Southeast Seattle Senior Center. "And it really is bittersweet because for most African-Americans, it's a reflection of where we've been as a country and to finally have a significant day acknowledged by the political folks here, that's meaningful, but also celebrating Juneteenth brings back a lot of sad memories because I know that my grandparents and my great grandparents were part of that transition. So it makes me sad on one hand, but it makes me feel very, very proud that at least the nation is now understanding what Juneteenth is all about."===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. As President Joe Biden was signing into law on Thursday a bill recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, a senior center in Seattle was already celebrating the traditional African American holiday. (June 17) Activist: Juneteenth holiday is 'long overdue'