The celebration of Juneteenth this year felt different in light of social events sweeping the country. For those of you unfamiliar, Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in America, as the Union army finally reached the slave state of Texas and announced the end of the Civil War there on June 19, 1865. There has been a groundswell of calls for the date to be federally recognized as a national holiday.
And while I wholeheartedly support the move, our job as reference librarians is to give you the tools to make the case, which I’m sure you’d do a better job of anyway! The research process always starts with asking the right questions. In this case, things like… What is the mechanism for declaring a national holiday? And how would you even go about making the case for inclusion of this date?
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