By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is introducing legislation to follow up on his promise of making Juneteenth a city holiday.READ MORE: Police: Man Throws Pumpkins At Woman Who Parked Outside His Bloomfield Home
Last summer, Peduto made Juneteenth a holiday in Pittsburgh by order. The mayor’s office on Monday announced Peduto is taking a bill to City Council to make the holiday official.READ MORE: Woman In Critical Condition, Taken To Hospital Following Stabbing In Stowe Township
Since June 19 is on a Saturday this year, it will be celebrated June 18.
The legislation from the Department of Human Services and Civil Service will be introduced Tuesday and discussed later this month.MORE NEWS: Pirates, PNC Park Plays Host To College Fair Highlighting Historical Black Colleges And Universities
“Throughout history, many have tried to silence Black voices. We have arrived in a critical time where they are finally getting the attention that they deserve – and they are being heard. Many of us, particularly privileged white men, have not always listened as much as we should have. The time is now to make that change permanent, and formally set aside this holiday to celebrate Black voices,” Peduto said last summer.