Congressman Kim, Local Black Leaders, Highlight Importance of Juneteenth in New Video, Calls for National Holiday

June 19, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Kim, Local Black Leaders, Highlight Importance of Juneteenth in New Video,
Calls for National Holiday

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) was joined by local leaders in the Black community throughout Burlington and Ocean Counties in a video highlighting the importance of Juneteenth, and New Jersey’s history in the fight to end slavery. Congressman Kim also announced that he has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which would formally make Juneteenth a national holiday.

Congressman Kim is joined in the video by Rev. William E. Greene Jr of the Second Baptist Church of Toms River; Guy Weston, President of the Timbuctoo Historical Society; Bahiyyah Abdullah, President of the Toms River NAACP; and Rev. Terrell W. Person of Jacob’s Chapel AME Church of Mount Laurel.

The video can be found by clicking here.

“Today isn’t just about celebrating the end of slavery in America, it’s about rededicating ourselves to the fight to end systemic racism and inequality,” said Congressman Kim. “Our own communities were home to stops on the Underground Railroad and to men and women who fought and died in the cause to end slavery. Today, those same communities are home to men and women who are standing up, speaking out and marching to end injustice. I hope everyone can take a moment today to reflect on our history, and the change still needed in our future.”

Congressman Kim is a co-sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act, which would provide critical reforms that address ongoing issues impacting law enforcement and communities of color with the aim of greater public safety. In the past weeks, Congressman Kim has joined peaceful demonstrations calling for justice for George Floyd, has held a virtual forum on discrimination and bias, and has met with Black community leaders to hear their concerns and discuss solutions on police reform and other critical issues. In the coming weeks, the Congressman will be holding additional listening sessions and convenings to elevate the voices and issues of the Black community in Burlington and Ocean Counties.

Congressman Kim is a member of the bipartisan House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, where he serves as one of twelve members of the House tasked with conducting oversight over programs aimed at ending the Coronavirus pandemic and helping address the economic impact it’s having on the American people. Congressman Kim is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Small Business. More information about Congressman Kim can be found on his website by clicking here