Judgment Sought Against Sarah Palin in ‘Juneteenth’ Lawsuit

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day is an American holiday honoring African American heritage and celebrated by people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 31 of the United States.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day is an American holiday honoring African American heritage and celebrated by people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 31 of the United States.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Sarah Palin want a judge to declare that the Alaska governor broke state law when she failed to issue a proclamation for a 2007 celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves.

Plaintiff Gregory Charles Royal, a Washington, D.C., musician, says plaintiffs also seek a retroactive proclamation for the 2007 Juneteenth celebration from Palin or — with her July 26 resignation pending — from the governor’s office.

A motion for a default judgment filed Friday says Palin failed to answer the allegations by the June 19 deadline.

Margaret Paton-Walsh, an assistant attorney general, says no deadline was missed because the plaintiffs did not properly serve all the correct state entities initially.

The Alaska Legislature had passed a measure that directs the governor to issue a proclamation to commemorate the day.

Rachel D’Oro
Associated Press

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