Before Juneteenth became an official federal holiday, it was the only state holiday in Texas.

The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others became important examples of deaths of Black Americans at the hands of White police officers.

The bill was sent to Mr. Biden's table to create community and connection.

 Mitchell's email, " It felt good to see all kinds of Black people in one place. Juneteenth became a time when I wasn't made to feel like we were a minority ".

Henry Louis Gates said that it was kept alive by Black people in Texas.

Gates said " our people have been hungry for holidays. Hungry for traditions. Hungry for stories about Black history. "