Celebrating Our New National Holiday
Human dignity and freedom are inherent rights of ALL children and the protection of these inalienable rights is Best for Children.
Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth commemorates the Union Army General Gordon Granger's reading of federal orders in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that proclaimed all slaves free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had officially freed them almost two and a half years earlier, Texas was the most remote of the slave states with the lowest presence of Union troops, so enactment had been slow.
On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law that Juneteenth will be marked as the 11th federal holiday. Despite great strides over the decades, unjust racial disparities still exist -- particularly in abortion clinics. Although Black people make up about 13% of the American population, according to recent CDC data, Black women procured nearly 34% of all reported abortions. ACPeds and Every Black Life Matters (EBLM) are partner organizations in the Promise to America's Children. Like EBLM, ACPeds believes that justice for Black lives begins at conception and promotes the importance of married mothers and fathers to children's health and well-being. For resources for your family visit the links below: