State Lawmaker Working To Make Juneteenth A State Holiday

Friday, June 19th 2020, 5:08 pm
By: Caleigh Bourgeois


Juneteenth events are taking place throughout Oklahoma.

The day commemorates the liberation of those enslaved in the United States.

State Rep. Jason Lowe announced Friday, he will file legislation to make June 19 a state holiday.

Lowe also wants to expand education on the history of the Black experience in Oklahoma.

“I think it's important to Oklahoma, because it's not really taught in the history book the way it should be,” Lowe said.

Meanwhile, local teachers and activists are working to educate.

A virtual Juneteenth conference was hosted Friday by local educator, author and activist Telannia Norfar.

“I'm just ecstatic that the world is tuning in and that we'll have it recorded and they can keep watching and watching,” Norfar said.

The conference will remain online for anyone wishing to learn.

“We have great values in this state. We brought a lot to this state and it means many things to us., and it's time for us to start having a voice in this community just as much as everyone else has a voice,” Norfar said.

Celebrations are also lined up throughout the weekend.

Black Lives Matter will hold a Juneteenth commemoration at Northeast 37th Street and Kelley Avenue around 6 p.m. Saturday, and a Children's March for Justice Sunday at 3 p.m. starting at F.D. Moon Middle School.

Local leaders said the spirit of Juneteenth can be carried throughout the year.