‘Should Juneteenth become a formal holiday?’


Kathi Houston-Berryman

Los Angeles

“We need to put thought and research into it.  I’m not opposed to adding on more holidays, but I am opposed to making something a holiday without the thorough background reasoning as to why we are doing this.”

Shawna Beal

Los Angeles

“Yeah, I think so, but I don’t know the rules for what makes a holiday. It would probably end up like Kwaanza where mostly Black people celebrate it.

Christopher Smith

Los Angeles

“Maybe in Texas, but I’m not sure about the whole country.”

Jonathan James

Los Angeles

“I don’t know if it will go through, but if we celebrate the Fourth of July, we can celebrate Juneteenth. … But a lot of people don’t know much about it, so I don’t know if it’ll go through.”

Compiled by Cynthia Gibson in the Crenshaw District.