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Walker Becomes One of the First Republicans to Join Legislation Recognizing Juneteenth as Federal Holiday

June 23, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today co-sponsored H.R. 7232 to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a Federal holiday. By doing so, Walker becomes one of the first Republicans in the House (and the only Republican from North Carolina) to join this legislation. 

"June 19, 1865 was a day when America made a commitment to uphold our promise that every man, woman and child are created equally and beautifully in the image of God," Walker said. "The recognition of Juneteenth as a Federal holiday provides us an opportunity to celebrate the great strides we have made as a country but also to work towards improving upon this foundation for future generations."

Walker is a member of the bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus and the only House Republican to have won the UNCF's HBCU Congressional President's List award this past March. 

View the proposed bill here