Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

The new national holiday marks the day the last enslaved African-Americans were freed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.
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We turn to a landmark moment in the U.S. Federal workers have the day off after president Biden signed a bill making juneteenth a national holiday. That was the day the last enslaved Africans got word they were free. They got that word in galveston, Texas. Steve osunsami joins us for more. Reporter: Happy juneteenth, T.J. The holiday is actually tomorrow but the federal government is recognizing it today. President Biden made juneteenth a federal holiday with his signature. A holiday once only celebrated by black families is now a holiday for all. The vice president held the hand of the 94-year-old woman, miss Opal Lee, she marched the streets for years. Juneteenth makes the date the government freed the last remaining slaves in Texas years after they had already been freed. It's no accident this is coming after the conversations over race in this country and the summer of protests. Even so there's some concern this is nor symbolism than substance. Critics say some of the law makers who supported this holiday are also fighting against legislation that would improve conditions for the very people this holiday celebrates. T.J.? Steve, great to see miss Opal Lee as part of the ceremony. Coming up, Michael Strahan had a

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