Fans have been left a little bit confused after they noticed Usher made an appearance at yesterday’s Juneteenth Bill Signing.
Now, when you think about political history in the making, you would never think of Usher Raymond, would you?
Well, now you will.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed the “I Don’t Mind” singer at the Juneteenth bill signing and even though they were delighted, they were very confused. I mean, who wouldn’t be? It’s definitely 2 worlds I didn’t expect to collide.
But let me tell you why he is actually a relevant part of the ceremony.
The forty-two-year-old entertainer wrote a feature piece for the Washington Post last year raising awareness on why he believes Juneteenth deserves to be a federal holiday.
“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,” he wrote at the time.
And Usher made sure he had a seat to watch history be made.
Biden signed off on the act, making it official.
“I’ve only been president for several months, but I think this will go down, for me, as one of the greatest honors I will have had as president,” the president said at the event.
Juneteenth, made from the combination of the word June and nineteenth, celebrated the liberation of African-American slaves after the civil war in 1865.
Freedom came just 2 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all enslaved people be set free, especially in Texas where there was a large number.
Forty-nine states and Washington DC already recognized the day as a holiday, South Dakota was the only remaining one. On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives backed the legislation by 415-14, a day after it was unanimously approved by the Senate. With the signature of President Biden, it officially became become law.
So, happy Juneteenth everyone!
Watch Biden sign the The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act above.