Statement from President Joe Biden on James Lawson

Born in Pennsylvania, the cradle of our democracy, James Lawson dedicated his life to fighting for our country’s ideals. Hailing from a family of ministers, he became a disciple for freedom and a visionary of the Civil Rights Movement. While attending Vanderbilt Divinity School, James Lawson organized sit-ins in Nashville, Tennessee that led to his…

President Biden Announces Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Today, President Biden named nineteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors. President Biden often says there is…

A Statement from Dr. Alondra Nelson in Recognition of Juneteenth

June 19th is not the day the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. It is the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas finally learned that the United States had abolished slavery. A more than two-year delay that compounded centuries of bondage with tragedy. Although Juneteenth has been celebrated in African American communities for generations,…

Statement by President Joe Biden on Juneteenth

One year ago, I had the great honor of signing legislation to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday—the first new federal holiday since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day nearly four decades ago. Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and a promise of a brighter morning to come. It is a day of…

A Proclamation on Juneteenth Day of Observance, 2022

    After the Union Army captured New Orleans in 1862, slave owners in Confederate states migrated to Texas with more than 150,000 enslaved Black persons.  For 3 years, even after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Black Americans in Texas remained in brutal bondage, immorally and illegally deprived of their freedom and…

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration and Civic Nation Bring Together Over 300 National and Community Organizations to Help Students and Families Cut Costs and Access Affordable High-Speed Internet

Access to high-speed internet is no longer a luxury – it is a necessity to fully participate in today’s society. Still, many students and families go without high-speed internet because of the cost, while others are forced to cut back on other essentials to pay their monthly internet bill. That’s why President Biden and Vice…

Remarks by Vice President Harris Before Meeting with Voting Rights Leaders to Discuss the Fight for Voting Rights and Other Fundamental Freedoms

Indian Treaty RoomEisenhower Executive Office Building 4:37 P.M. EST THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon, everyone.  And, again, I want to thank all of the leaders who have convened this afternoon for the work that you continue to do. For so many of us, and certainly for you, this is a life calling to do…

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