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Jackson County makes Juneteenth paid holiday for county staff | News – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2021-06-07 14:14:00 –

Jackson County, Missouri (KCTV) –On Monday, Jackson County designated June 1 as the official paid leave for county officials.

This happened after the county council approved Ordinance 5513 during a meeting at the courthouse.

The release states: “By ordinance, the county will leave June 18 as paid leave for its staff and close the county office on the third Friday of June. This year will be Friday, June 18.”

The ordinance takes effect immediately after being signed by county administrator Frank White Jr.

This is the second year Jackson County has recognized Juneteenth as a holiday. Last year, Mr White signed an executive order giving county employees variable leave.

Frank White, Jr., Executive Director of Jackson County, said, “It is very possible to sign this ordinance and finally recognize the struggle, patience and contribution of blacks in our community and country and enact it as a law. Excited and very proud of.

“The leadership of Congressman Jalen Anderson and his colleagues who introduced the ordinance is committed to the hard work and rigorous conversation that Jackson County needs to break the structural injustice and repression system. “We are taking a small but important step together to ensure true equality and liberation of the black community.”

The release said, “June 19th, in commemoration of the end of black enslavement by whites in the United States, Union soldiers to read and enforce the oldest declaration in the United States to end slavery. Arrived in Texas. From 1866 to June 19th to June 19th, it was celebrated as the end of slavery in the United States. “

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