“Personally, I’ve made the decision to give all of my employees June 19th off in honor of Freedom Day from now on, and to continue to educate myself on the history that brought us to this present moment,” she wrote in a Juneteenth celebratory post on Instagram.
Her decision is not her first expression of support for the black community. This announcement comes a week after she called on the the Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission to take down racist statues in the state. She joins the group of celebrities calling for the declaration of Juneteenth as a national holiday in the United States.
Usher penned a moving op-ed for The Washington Post. He wrote, “Recognizing Juneteenth as a national holiday would be a small gesture compared with the greater social needs of black people in America. But it can remind us of our journey toward freedom, and the work America still has to do.”
SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, also shared on Twitter that Juneteenth will be a US holiday at Tesla and SpaceX.