Sonoma County residents are planning a mix of Juneteenth celebrations this weekend — one born out of student activism that took place more than 50 years ago in Santa Rosa and another organized by a newly formed Black student group at Windsor High School.
When these events take place on Saturday, it will be the first time Juneteenth will be celebrated as a federal holiday after President Joe Biden signed a bill establishing it as such.
The House of Representatives voted 415-14 Wednesday to send Biden the bill. The Senate passed the bill a day earlier under a unanimous consent agreement that expedites the process for considering legislation.
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