Taylor Swift Recognizes Juneteenth as a National Holiday by Giving All Her Employees the Day Off

Valheria Rocha

In honor of Juneeteenth, Taylor Swift gave all her employees last Friday off and requests for the day to be acknowledged as a national holiday.  “Happy Juneteenth!” the singer captioned her Instagram post. “Personally, I’ve made the decision to give all of my employees June 19th off in honor of Freedom Day from now on,” the singer said. Juneteenth, for those who don’t know, is a day to celebrate the emancipation of all those who were enslaved within the United States.

Swift tells followers she is going to continue educating herself “on the history that brought us to this present moment.” The singer then adds, “For my family, everything that has transpired recently gives us an opportunity to reflect, listen, and reprogram any part of our lives that hasn’t been loudly and ferociously anti-racist, and to never let privilege lie dormant when it could be used to stand up for what’s right.”

Other stars, such as Pharrell Williams, have spoken out about recognization of Juneteenth. Dropping in on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Pharrell discusses how he spoke with the Governor of Virginia in making Juneteenth a state paid-holiday. “I called him over the weekend, because obviously, people are rightfully protesting, Americans are protesting in the streets.” He added, “We’ve all just had enough as Americans.”

Sending a huge thanks to Swift, Pharrell, and all the other stars that are using their voice to make a difference.