Squad member, Rep. Cori Bush said on Wednesday night that black Americans now need reparations and 'liberation' after the House approved a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday known as 'National Independence Day'.
President Biden is set to sign the bill at an event with Kamala Harris on Thursday afternoon after it passed through Congress, with 14 Republican members voting against and saying it conflicted with July 4.
'It's Juneteenth AND reparations. It's Juneteenth AND end police violence + the War on Drugs. It's Juneteenth AND end housing + education apartheid. It's Juneteenth AND teach the truth about white supremacy in our country,' she wrote in a tweet Wednesday night. 'Black liberation in its totality must be prioritized,' the Missouri Democrat encouraged.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, surrounded by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, celebrated the passage of the bill at an enrollment ceremony Thursday morning on Capitol Hill.
'This step is important obviously to the Congressional Black Caucus, but this is an important step for America as we ensure that one of the most momentous events in our history finally takes its official place of honor in our nation,' Pelosi said.
Former CBC Chair, Rep. G.K. Butterfield then led the group in singing, 'Lift Every Voice and Sing.'