Dozens came to the New Jersey Law Center on June 8 to commemorate the end of chattel slavery in the United States. The program, hosted by the NJSBA’s Minorities in the Profession Section, featured a panel discussion with notable Black leaders in the law on empowerment and why representation matters. The panel was moderated by Cheyne R. Scott, a member of the MIPS Board of Directors. Speakers included U.S. District Court Judge Julien X. Neals, Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton and Ron McCormick, a Bergen County assistant prosecutor.
Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, arrival of Union General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas. The general informed the enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended, nearly two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth became a New Jersey state holiday in 2020 and a federal holiday the following year.
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June 12, 2023
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