Juneteenth is a day celebrating Black freedom from slavery in the United States and emphasizing education and achievement. Now, thanks to the efforts of many including Rotary Club of Ann Arbor member Yolanda Whiten, it will be recognized as an official holiday by the city of Ann Arbor. City leaders and staff will observe the holiday the Friday prior to Juneteenth each year and city hall will be closed that day.
Yolanda, the Club’s soon-to-be Program Committee Chair, is grateful to Mayor Taylor, the NAACP and others with whom she worked to achieve this very important milestone. “Proof not only that Rotarians are truly everywhere but many of us have been working towards this holiday and other necessary efforts to record History correctly. For years and years. This small step is a wonderful step and not only makes us proud of each other but the Community in which we live. I was proud to add to the resolution and review what we all have been saying and doing together as we watched it come to fruition. Thanks mostly to the Council and Mayor Taylor and the NAACP!”