Arlington, VA (June 17, 2021) – NACAC is encouraged that the US Congress has passed legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in our country. We recognize the major role Juneteenth has played in our country's history and join our members in looking forward to this annual day of national reflection, remembrance, and celebration.
First introduced in 1945 by San Franciscan migrant Wesley Johnson, Juneteenth recognizes June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in the Galveston, TX received word of their freedom – more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. While many states have begun recognizing Juneteenth as a state holiday, the US Congress this week passed a bill to make it a national holiday. Learn more here.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 23,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.
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