Usher calls for Juneteenth to become a national holiday

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, the singer said it "would be a small gesture compared with the greater social needs of black people in America."
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in the fire. Now to music superstar usher penning an op-ed in "The Washington post" why it's so important juneteenth become a national holiday. The grammy winner writing, it would be a small gesture compared with the greater social needs of black people in America but it can remind us of our journey toward freedom and the work America still has to do. The singer also acknowledging on a t-shirt he wore back in 2015 he had July fourth crossed out and juneteenth written and reminding everyone he has no issue with celebrating Independence day but the sir was an opportunity to inform others that juneteenth is our authentic day of self-determination. Usher supporting and expressing his admiration for the people working towards making it a federal holiday. Senators Tina Smith, Edward J. Markey, kamala Harris and Cory booker who announced that they are introducing legislation -- excuse me, introducing legislation to make this dream a reality. I got a little excited about the possibility of making the dream a reality, everybody. I think it's great they're putting that legislation out there and hopefully it gets passed and I'm glad usher wrote the op-ed about his feelings about it.

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