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06/15/2021 02Ai Juneteenth Freedom Week proclamation ti i..asxntntj kd d g$Ag ie,„?1 aY 1,,acae.. x°'naa.x,,4n BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT Item No.A.i. For Meeting of: June 15, 2021 ITEM TITLE: Juneteenth Freedom Week proclamation SUBMITTED BY: Cally Price,Assistant to the City Manager SUMMARY EXPLANATION: Reesha Cosby, Yakima County NAACP President, to accept. ITEM BUDGETED: STRATEGIC PRIORITY: APPROVED FOR SUBMITTAL BY THE CITY MANAGER RECOMMENDATION: ATTACHMENTS: Description Upload Date Type Janet nth Fr om W k pr lamation 19I2h2i a r Me 0 2 CITY OF YAlIUWA P OCLAWATIOW WHEREAS, 2021 is the 156th year of Juneteenth 'Freedom Day, a.9'lationalty recognized day which celebrates the rich culture, Legacy, and heritage of African Americans in the state of`Washington; and `W}/(�EcEAS, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery in the "united States; dating back to June 19, 1865 when union soldiers led by 14ajor general-cordon granger arrived in Galveston, crew with news that the Civil-War was ended, freeing all of the enslaved, giving all African Americans inAmerica an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property; and WHEREAS, the (Yakima County .9'iationalAssociation for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal-rights without discrimination based on race; and WHEREAS we implore the City of(Yakima to ensure the symbolic events of 1865 are notforgotten in the state of`Washington and encourage all-residents to recognize and honor the sign ficance of Juneteenth festivities; and WHEREAS, on 14ay 13, 2021, governor Jay Inskee officially dec fared Juneteenth an official-holiday in the state of Washington. WOW, TIPERETORE, I, Patricia Byers, 144ayorof the City of(Yakima and on behalf of the (Yakima City Council- do hereby proclaim the weekof June 14 through June 20, 2021 as "Juneteenth Freedom Week" throughout the city of(Yakima. Dated this 15th day of June, 2021 Patricia Byers, S4ayor