Wake commissioners discuss Juneteenth holiday
The Wake County Board of Commissioners considers making June 19 a county holiday. The day, commonly referred to as Juneteenth, marks the day the last slaves were freed after the Civil War.
of my 20. Funny. This is our third meeting today. If you've been joining us for this the three part series of our work today we have work session this morning. A great conversation with Sheriff Baker. This afternoon we had a lengthy and robust conversation about community organization funding will take that up again in this meeting. And then, of course, tonight we have, uh, a an agenda chock full of lots of good things. And so let's go ahead and get started calling meeting to order. We'll begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an indication by Commissioner Susan Evans. Please States of America just stand visible over TV. Just just crawl. Thank you. Please join me on our invocation as you choose your maker of all things, we ask that you be with us today as we were Fletch this week on our nation's celebration of independence from foreign rule and the beginning of this great experiment known as democracy. It is important to appreciate that while our forefathers were in perfect as are we the ideals that fourth through our declaration of independence, were value and transformative as elected leaders. Shall we not forget how privileged. We are to be active participants in this system of government, of the people, by the people and for the people. It's always we pray for guidance in our decisions today and all days. We're always considering what is best for the overall community of white counting. We also recognize that some of our citizens have not participated equally in the freedoms that should be guaranteed toe all through our Constitution. May we be vigilant in our actions as a board to be proactive in addressing discriminatory practices in our midst? We also ask your guidance at this county level and prayed for wisdom for our state and national leaders as well that we all make the best decisions possible to mitigate the effects of the ongoing pandemic that is overwhelming us at this time. Jesus name, We pray. Amen. Thank you, Commissioner Evans. Alright, commissioners, let's begin our agenda. The first item of business is approval of the agenda. Um, Mr Holmes, Mr Chair recommended approval of the agenda with one change. I would like to move up be I'm Juneteenth item, which is currently item 24. I'll to either before or after the resolution recognizing racism of a public health crisis. I believe that those two items because he hand and there are many people are public who may not be able to stay on for the full meeting who are tuning specifically to hear us address those items. I'm so, Mr Chair, I recommend approval of the agenda with that change. All right. Thank you, Commissioner. Homes, Uh, that's a motion to approve with that change, commissioners is there a second? I'll second that. Thank you. All in favor of approving the agenda as edited by commissioner Home suggestion so high, I any opposed. All right, So, um, Mr Holmes, we'll move. Item number 24 um, to, uh, right after item number three. First, the resolution on racism and discrimination. And then we'll do that when they I think that spent six suggestion. Thank you. All right. Next is the approval of the minutes of a regular meeting of June the 15th 2020 and the work session of July. The eight. Excuse me. June the 8th 2020 They have a motion. I think I'll set at that. Have emotion. The second on favorite. Please say Aye. Aye aye. He opposed motion carries Thank you. Next item number three resolution recognizing systemic racism and discrimination, our shared duty to address it and declaration of racism as a public health crisis. This is an issue that this board has been working with in many ways, directly and also indirectly. Um, but an important declaration nonetheless. And for this item, I'd like to introduce Commissioner Jessica Homes for comments and then who will then read the resolution into the record? Mr. Holmes? Mr. Chair, I have act, um, Commissioner West to read the documents into the record. The reason this document was put forward waas the realities. What triggered me to bring this board where the realities around Kobe at 19 um, at a public health crisis. I'm if I'm looking at the document, actually see that the statistic that I had included have been removed from the documents. All so I am after trying to, um, bring up those numbers. I'm so I will allow my colleagues to share their thoughts. I think you chairman, for for your work on this Commissioner Adamson, Vice Chair Adams, and has been a leader on this. We also received feedback from Commissioner Calabria. So as I research the the statistics that have unfortunately been removed from this document. I will allow others to comedy. No, thank you, Commissioner. Homes, Uh, commissioners in these comments and get my screen. It's just correct. All right, let's ask again. Any comment? Didn't like to make make it just thinking. Here. I have some comments before the June teen foods, but this is a long time in coming, and it's way past due. Yes, it is. Vice chair. Thanks. You, um, cushier homes. Uh, just so I have been able to pull up the statistics that led me to cook this item toward so only the White County government website under our covert 19. At that weight Gove dot com, I realized that our Hispanic population, while they make up a bump Hispanic or Latin X population, only makes up about 10% of our county's population. They represent 46% of the county's confirmed cases. Also, when it comes to African Americans, we represent about 20% of the county's population, about 24% of be Kobe cases. That said collectively, black and brown persons in Wake County make up about 70% just under 70% of the Countess Covert. 19 cases. I thought it was important that we identify an acknowledged racism as a public health crisis and join our colleagues in Mecklenburg County, who also chose to do the same as well as the city of Charlotte Cove. It has exposed inequities that, quite frankly have already and always being in place. This is an opportunity for us. Is Wake County government to one acknowledge the fact that racism is heavily, heavily influences our public health? Oh, as the document will speak for itself, you will see that when it comes to. For example, we have an initiative regarding infant mortality rates in Wake County, a county that has some of the best hospitals, I would argue in the entire state. Black babies are more than twice as likely to die in infancy. When you look at the wealth of black and brown persons in this county, when you look at who needs housing, um, and those who are left behind Um, this This is something that I thought was very important to put forward one to acknowledge racism of a public health crisis, but also so that we can take action step to do our part in and ruminate Thank you, special homes. And thank you for your leadership on this. Eyes shared previously, it's both timely and overdue. Um, and you put a lot of effort into this, and, yes, you mentioned several missions we have contributed. I would like to offer that all of us in our capacity is aboard. Um, at least strive to toward many of the ideals that are included in this document. But it is, uh, right, historic and not lost on me. Certainly. And I hope anyone else watching for the capital county of North Carolina to recognize racism and discrimination as a public health crisis and doing so recognizing even our role in the history of historic historical and institutional racism and its continuance, I think is quite significant because your home is very much appreciate your leadership on this. Um, and I also note that Mr To you brought this up in a conversation that we had that we don't just want to, you know, put forth this resolution. It is very important that we, as a board put forward action steps. I want to make very clear to the community that this proclamation or resolution. In addition to us, recognising Juneteenth as a county holiday are just steps of many steps that we plan to take to address institutional and systemic racism. Oh, before Commissioner West reached this resolution into the record, I would like to note that several action steps that I have proposed moving forward and I welcome any thoughts from my colleagues first forced almost be in recognition that we all have conscious and unconscious biases that we recognize and quite frankly, that Wake County, as progressive as we are, are not exit from conscious or unconscious. Bias is therefore, in agreement with this board, my understanding that I have a full board support on this and that this board engage in racial equity training alongside of our entire leadership team. This invitation has also been extended to our share and his leadership team also join us in racial equity training. Something that I have discussed with our staff very specifically is the distribution of masts in targeted communities. We all know that PPE can be very difficult to come back, and some of us are not able to simply go on Amazon and purchase a mask, and therefore because the ZIP code that represents Southeast Raleigh has the highest number of cases and in black and brown persons in Wake County have the highest number of cases I have requested that we do target mass discriminate distribution in those areas. I would like to thank the county manager and Burnett a best for taking leadership in that already. Since I made that request, math distributions have happened all over the county in those targeted areas, specifically with assistance from several organizations of the Divine Nine, in collaboration with Wake Med and other community groups. Also make a request for the county to evaluate the names of all of our county buildings to make sure that none of our buildings are named honoring anyone that is inappropriate does not deserve to be honored. We mind saying that we don't currently have any statues on our grounds that would fit into that category, but the names of all county buildings, any statutes or structures on our county buildings. I want those evaluated for the names to make sure that they are in liking with our current sentiment. I also request full funding for the school systems requests as it relates to cares act funding the safety of our employees in the school system and the safety of our Children should be paramount. And I understand that we made an initial allocation to the school system but that we do not completely fund their request. I mentioned earlier, um, the infant mortality workgroup we need to make investments and ensuring that black babies don't got at a rate twice as much as our peers. Also, we need to continue conversations with the school system regarding social workers. I know there's a debate between school resource officers versus social workers where I land at that end of comfort. The conversation is that I know that we need social workers and we need them now. I commend the county for efforts regarding hunger and affordable housing. I'm also planning to work with staff to make sure that we put board a public relations campaign regarding evictions and foreclosures because as far as I'm concerned, our unemployment rate in this county has been hiding. It's ever been in my lifetime. So again, I just want to make clear to the public that this is not something that we're doing for show. This is not something that we will do today and not think about and then put on the shelf. This county is very committed to making sure we live our truth in that every person in Wake County deserves to be treated fairly and equitably, regardless of their race. Thank you, Commissioner. Homes, Um, a couple of points manager Alice It I do believe that you can ask the question previously about assessing the names of any buildings, rounds, plaques, ah, Memorial's trophies, all of those things. And I remember seeing an email on that. Could you share with us an update? Were you able to identify where staff able to identify any of those, um, things that make the commissioner homes is mentioned? Uh, thank you. Chair for staff did go through and look at all the names on our buildings and some of the other things that you mentioned. And we have a report that will submit to the board, but none of our buildings or are areas that the county owns that are named for people have any what I would say negative connotation to them as it relates Teoh which year homes mentioned. All right. Thank you. Um, in commissioner homes uh, thank you for mentioning Ah, I don't are are ever striving goal to have goals that we go beyond just the words words are important, especially in situations like these, as you mentioned, um, in August, commissioners, as you know, But for those that don't know they're watching from home or elsewhere in August, the sport is going to review its annual goals. We have obviously been altered in our progress because of, you know, largely the pandemic. Um, and one of the things that we've had discussions with the county manager about is this very thing we're about to discuss next and that is somehow incorporating and elevating, um lens, through which we address racism and discrimination and all that. We do. Um uh, ensuring that we are making specific, measurable and attainable with thick progress toward those whatever the schools are as well. Unfortunately, another thing that we've done is aboard is hold ourselves accountable through our new accountability portal Onda also are transparency portal. So, um, my hope for the future of this board and the county, um is per commissioner homes, leadership, an example and her wishes that this is not a moment in time but actually won. That marks an entire way of looking relooking and reassessing the way we do business. Because Wake County, since our founding when we were part of a British colony, absolutely help perpetuate some of the very things we're about to hear Dr West share with us. So that said, Commissioner Holmes, let's have any other additional comments will turn it over to Dr West. All right, Mr West, would you please share the document with this? Thank you so much. Certainly very appropriate this time. Focus and old. The issues around, extending discrimination. The genius of this great nation based on opportunity but measured against the promise of America. Regrettably, we have still phone short in so many ways, and brace still haunts us and divides us. At this time I will share with you the resolution. Very appropriate little bit. Let this open with me. Well, I think it serves as the foundation for us to move forward in the future, to address and hopefully eliminate the scourge of racism. And I was society and it reason justly. Whereas racism is rooted in the foundation of the United States of America, beginning of chattel slavery in 16 19. The largest portion of black experience America has been endured under slavery, originally enshrined in the Constitution of the United States itself and subsequent jump crow laws, which allow preferential opportunities for white America. Last subject. People of color to hardship, disadvantages and virals in every area of life, creating a legacy of inherited trauma. Rose generation were asked racism and discrimination manifests and stink ways across. I was so show into sections including gender identity, sexual orientation, class disabilities, Immigration, Tavis and Raise and collectively reinforces the racial store. Go Higher Arco throughout these intersections, which we can strength of our entire humanity. And we're, as the Wake County Board of Commissioners recognize that racism and discriminations are detrimental to our society. Therefore, critical priorities necessitating six temic change and oh, areas of local government racism and discrimination off harm to individuals and communities and weight counting prosperity depends on equitable access to opportunities for every residence and there, and where, as racism and discrimination weakens all off society by producing and Petrie, but perpetuating poverty through intentional and unintentional policies that bring barriers to economic mobility and where has racism and discrimination have multiple dimensions, including individual racism that is internalized or and the personal and extended racism that is institutional, generational and structural. And we're at structural. Racism as reduced has resulted in race as a social determined of hell. Which person? Sister? Racial disparities in housing and food security from the justice, education, health care, warm it. We're protections, climate and technology. And that and that data shows race income and zip code. I have a bigger impact on health and behavior, medical care and genetic code where, as social determinants of health, have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, including food, desert Flacco states, safe places to rectory, lack of mental health services and lack of actual educational and career opportunities. And we're at the verse impact of racism and discrimination, old health and well being great. Many adverse situation of the gluten, high blood pressure, health diseases, diabetes and also ratan age, all of which high in the black and how communities. There is also evidence suggesting that racism endured by black mothers contribute to I have a journal and infant mortality rates in weight counting like babies, are more than twice as likely to die as white babies in efficacy and we're ads but people and wait. Connolly nearly twice is likely not to have health. And she wants, uh, and Latin X G Hispanic persons roughly four times more likely not to have health and shoes. And whereas research show that social determines the conditions in which an individual was born and in which he or she will works, record rate are key drivers of help in Echoed is You have been proven. That's significant gaps in life expectancy. This among various ZIP codes and Wake County for generations, community toe color have face vast disparities in job opportunities income and heard it family well. They are less likely to have housing security, healthy food green spaces off with, leading to otherwise preventable deaths. And whereas Cove in 19 endemic as further exposed, the six Temic issues in our society related to no thanks, says housing and security. As of June 30 our Latin X population make makes up about 10% of the population, but 45% our confirmed cases. Oh, black population comprises 20% of population, but 24% uh confirmed cases. Accordingly, Black and lip and Latin Next Vanik person accounts for approximately 30% a weight conscious population but get 29% off looking firm cases. And we're as weight comments drives. Just serve our local communities in an equitable manner as demonstrated by our investment, public education, housing, affordability, social and economic vitality program and our recent initiative. Oh, maternal and infant mortality. The wig Works program and, well, wait we are committed to in in six Temic. Racism, discrimination and our community we're at Wayne County is a I'll implore you, providing benefits such as Barilla leave a family illness, leave a living wage policy addition to strong health insurance and retirement benefits, which have lower income and underserved populations into pursuit of social justice. Wait. County heads also enacted policies such as Band the Box and a Stroll, Entire discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy. And whereas although there is no a demon logical definition oh, public health crisis, they help you. Okay, racism clearly exemplified the definition because by experts for the from the Boston University School of Public Health, which is that the problem that the problem was toe affect a large four well proportioned about citizen? Therefore, uh, on behalf of the of the citizen of Wake County. We declare that this tickler we get a week for recognizing these and moving forward in the future. And this particular resolution side fixed by the chair of our Lord of Commissioners. Brake forward. Thank you. Yeah, I second that motion, Mr Cheer. Thank you so much. Commissioner West and, uh, Mr Holmes, for a second. Uh, commissioners, we have emotion in a second. Any further discussion, Right? Seeing none. All in favor for approving the motion. I Any post motion carries unanimous. Thank you very much. Next, Per are amended agenda. We have moved up item number 24 from a regular agenda. Um, to this point on our dog, this is the adoption of June 19th or duty as a county's holiday. Um, and here to present inside him is Mr David Ellis are wonderful, County man. Welcome, Mr Alice and Mr Ellis. He may be on mute. Thank you. Actually, Tunisia Martin, our deputy HR directors presenting aside. Okay, Fantastic. Well, welcome. Thank you. Mr. Chair, Can you hear me? We can. Yes, thank you. Welcome. Thank you. Oh, my name is Attorney Asian Martin and I am the deputy HR Director. I'm presenting to you today coming to you for the approval and adoption of June 19 Jim Teen as a paid county holiday, effective January 1 2021. Our county leaders value diversity and we're all united in our opposition to racism. We all understand that this board is committed to identifying actionable items, to improve policies and procedures to improve access to opportunities and to ensure that employees do not experience inequities in Wake County government. This action compliments initiatives in the great government area. This additional holiday may result in a nominal increase of the budget. However, those additional expenditures will not require a budget adjustment for F Y 2021. I'm also asking the board to approve the modification to the personal ordinance section that pertains to the holiday. Thank you, Mr Chair. Back to you. Thank you so much, Miss Martin. So this is a motion to approve the adoption of June 19 as a paid county holiday, effective January 1st 2021. That's January next and approved modification to the personnel ordinance sections pertaining. Toe holidays. So, uh, that the staff's recommendation commissioners any discussion? Mr. Holmes? Mr. Chair, I just want to take a moment to share a bit of history. Our country first adopted the Declaration of Independence in 17 76 and since then July 4th, as I mentioned earlier, has been celebrated as the birth of American independent for context. The civil war ended in 18 65 in June. Tea, also known as Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, commemorates do 1918 65 which was 2.5 years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. While the announcement was made in Galveston, Texas, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Well, we all enthusiastically celebrate the Fourth of July in our country's independence. I love for our country is very important that we recognize all of our country's history. Yes, we could have waited to bring this board at a later date. That said, There's never a wrong time to do the right thing. And I just commend all of my colleagues. We're supporting this initiative, and I'm hopeful for a unanimous vote on this. Thank you, Commissioner homes, and thank you for your leadership on this item. This is absolutely backs up your previous comments of actionable items that, um, truly make meaningful change. And this is more than symbolic leadership. This is actually, um ah ah, actual recognition and respect for, um, the history that you just shared so very much Appreciate that, Mr is any other further comment or discussion, right? Sure. Adamson, although by Commissioner Evans, I just had a few comments I wanted to share this afternoon. The times are a changin. They're changing very quickly. And Wake County, that's a good thing. We, um this is our symbolic commitment to do the hard work. And this is our acknowledgement that July 4th was not the Freedom Day for all in June 19th waas. And I hope this will be celebrated in the intent that we being going forward and thank you, Commissioner homes for bringing this forward. I feel like this is the first step in a very long journey of where we need to get from you. Thank you. Vice Chair Adamson. Missioner Evans. Well, I want to say I appreciate Mr Adamson's phrasing of this biggest symbolic. A commitment to do the hard work. And for those who were present at our morning orc session, we had a good deal of discussion around, uh, law enforcement, but systemic racism and all the ills that that has brought amongst our community. And I think this whole board recognizes that is interested and being part of the change that we like to see. And I'm happy to be part of that change. Um, as I expressed this morning, I was a child of the sixties. I lived through the civil rights movement. I've seen quite a lot of changes, and most of it's been in the right direction. But it surely hasn't been enough. And so we've got a long way to go for everyone to feel like they're equally respected in our society. Um, my other thought about this agenda item is that while I appreciate that, we're going to recognize this day, um, by giving our employees a day off, I also recognize that I think a large number of our population probably doesn't have a lot of awareness about this day. So I think it's beholding ah to us to educate people. And so we certainly need to, you know, put forth a significant amount of information to our staffs. They understand. This is Megan significance of this holiday but also to our public as well. Um, but I do really Onley support this. It's a starting place or us doing some real work on the issues and not just something or appearances. But I know this board is committed to that work. Thank you. Commissioner Evans. Uh, commissioners, Any other comments or questions? Mr Calabria, I would just start by echoing something that Commissioner homes just or up long. I think everybody, Commissioner Holmes and Adam sent in Evans have all just said, which is that I'm proud to be part of a board that is willing to do the hard work and does do the hard work. Obviously, recent events have served merely as a reminder of the need to be about these issues in a very, um, intentional and focused way. Um, and I'm reminded that not only does count is racism, ah subsist on maliciousness and so many other, um, awful things. But it also subsists, especially systemic Racism subsists on callousness and our willingness to other way or call of the pulpit least resistance. And, um, I'm very gratified by on the opportunity to be part of a county that doesn't look the other way. It doesn't follow the path of least resistance, and it does the hard work. I think we've demonstrated that, um, over the past several years, though perhaps under, uh, not under unorganized banner. In that regard, we're organized theme, but I think our or work speaks for itself. But of course, we have more to do, Um, a lot more to do. And, um, we cannot separate ourselves from our community on text and the loss that we as humans bring Teoh to the work that we do. Um, I was reminded as folks we're talking about an old Mark Twain quote which says the man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. I think by a similar turn, um, if we are unable to address these problems or unwilling to address these problems, the result is the same. And so it's incumbent on us as people, as an institution, as a community that is able to address these problems, Um, that we address them head on, and, um, in that, uh, we if we're gonna walk into walls, will walk into walls and then we'll find and that's what we need to be doing every single day. And some very I'm glad that this has been put forward. Thank you, Mr Holmes, For, um, your leadership on this. And thanks to the entire board in our staff. Thank you, Commissioner. Commissioner Hutchins. Thank you, Mr Chair. And I also agree that whereas I really want to honor our colleagues for their leadership on this, I think one of the things that's very significant is that weight counting once again is taking a leadership role in recognising Juneteenth This holiday. Clearly, this is needs only be a first step as we continue to deal with systemic racism in our community. But we are stepping up and saying this is critically important to us. This is who we are, not only people, but it's a priority. And so, to that end, I look forward to supporting this thing. This motion. Thank you. All right, you can. Commissioner Full Commissioner Ford outplayed. Commissioner West is trying to speak. Thank you. Vice Chair. Commissioner. West ahead, sir. Yes. Um, first, I would like thank, um, commissioner homes for her latest show. Most of all, her conviction and compassion bring about change and to deal with some of the inequities and inequalities in our society. Someone said that if we can focus all hope and light, man certainly can bring about changes or generations yet even unimagined. I guess the hope that I see I haven't been involved the struggle for such a long time is it? I see the winds of change. They seem to be blowing over its nature. And, uh, lawyers has just reflecting. Oh, the, uh, beginning of the protest we had here in the wake coming Raleigh area. I saw Sea of new People at that particular protest. And that is the part of the miracle way and democracy, the opportunity to prote protest. It's really all right. And sometimes there's some things that will happen in protest that we don't want to happen. But that's apart of the American me and the things that really will make a difference on the sheriff. I made it this morning about not just putting band aids on things I think about. We really are seeing things plainly, and I think that the bottom line is that we don't let this moment in time just passed by just to feel good part of it because we have more in common than we have differences. What is that? State is our common humanity. One another. So I just pray that this has changed. That will stick. It will be sustainable. We have to encourage each other. God certainly made a difference. For some reason or another, we put those talents and skills and those differences together hope hopefully we can be a nation that will continue to move forward. One that will be It will be in peace and love to our fellow man. Thank you. Well, sad. Thank you. Commissioner West. Um, you mentioned young people, and, uh, you write, um, several of us did, uh, attend and observed just paid in even some of the rallies and protests in downtown Raleigh and asked several weeks, even over a month ago. Um, and that's where I see hope is, Well, um, Mr Holmes, leadership on this issue and hopefully are unanimous consent of making this a a county holiday. Um sends a message not only to our contemporaries, but also the future generations that this is a day of significance. Now, one of the things I've heard in the last couple of days is is this item was being shared with the public. Well, I've never heard of this holiday. Um, came out of nowhere. What I would offer is that Mr Holmes is shared. This is one of the oldest on longest traditional holiday celebrating freedom in this country. Um, if you don't know why, what? Why, it's significant. I would argue it's not entirely your fault. There's a reason why dates significant like this were not included in history books or taught in curricula. Um, and this is an exact example of how historical and institutional racism and discrimination, um, work its way into every aspect of our lives. The dominant culture gets to write the history the dominant culture gets to decide what is taught to the Children and what is it? So this example today, I hope not only sending a message to Wake County employees and service an example. Teoh our local municipalities across the state and uneven nation. Um, I'm hoping that, uh, all of our educators, my fellow educators that are watching, even if it's not part of an adopted curriculum will find a way to recognize this day. And it's significance. So that future generations aren't wondering what it means and where it came from, but understand the true depth and significance of it and the work that remains to be duck. So that is my wish and hope. So, um, commissioners, uh, if there no other comments, I believe we're ready for emotion. Mr. Chair, I have trouble containing my excitement, and I hope that you will forgive me if my boys goes in and out. But Wake County has just declared racism as a public health crisis and acknowledged our shared duty to address it. And in just moment, Wait County is about to from now until indefinitely declare June 19 as June teeth in this county that end of it. So it's worthy of celebration. Anyone that says that we're pandering or that this is just a piece of paper, the first step in addressing institutional and systemic racism, its first acknowledging it and acknowledging that we play a role in it and that we have to play a role in fixing it. I'm very proud, very just proud of this board today, and with that, I will read this proclamation were asked. The Board of Commissioners maintained the right to modify his personnel ordinance and policy to affect a more desirable results for eligible employees. And whereas the month of June is the time that many in our nation recognize Juneteenth as the holiday that celebrates Emancipation Day, the day in history when the last state ratify the Emancipation Proclamation and where asked this date marks the time period where African Americans of Texas received notice from President Lincoln that slavery had been abolished in a declaration that was codified in the 13th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. And whereas June 19 also marks the day that African Americans in the southern states exercise independence from those who benefited from their labors in the founding of this nation, where asked the journey of African Americans represents both great achievements in great hardship and where asked, Our nation is currently witnessing but injustice of the African American journey that have existed for far too long. This June 19th celebration weighs heavily on our hearts in our minds in the aftermath of the murder of George Ploy and others who have not been treated equally under the law, whereas the pain and anguish displayed on our national stage developed from generations of systemic racism, the impact employees in our community and where I This board is committed to identify actual items, to improve policies and procedures to improve access the opportunity and to ensure that employees do not experience in equities in Wake County government and where asked, we value diversity are united in our opposition to racism and hate. We stand in solidarity with our African American employees and their families. Now, therefore, be it resolved that way. Kind of government does hear about recognized June 19 as Jim T. Which shall be a paid holiday for Wake County government employees. A doctor The sixth day of July 2020 Sounds are cheer ready. I second that. Thank you, Commissioner homes. And thank you, Vice Chair Adamson. Um, this is a significant moment in our county's long history. So the motion is to prove the adoption of 19 June 19th as Juneteenth is a pig county holiday and the approval of the modification to the personnel ordinance section pertaining two holidays, a motion and a second Poland favorite. Please signify by saying, Aye, I suppose motion carries Excuse me cheer for Do we need to read the specific I'll requested in the motion. That's on the agenda which says approved adoption of Juneteenth. What was that covered? I just surprised that myself by stratum sin right after the resolution was red. So unless Mr Warren, uh, suggests otherwise, I think we should be good. You're good, Mr Cheering. Thank you. Thank you, Mr Warren. Folks, that is Ah, County Attorney Scott Warren. Wait, County, we have hereby declare do 19th as June teeth. This is a win for all of us. Juneteenth is not just black history. This is American history. So I thank you all for your support and the outpouring of support from the community that we've all received to vote Yes on this proclamation. Historic day. And I look forward, uh, as I know you all do to not only a county recognition of this holiday, but hopefully, celebrations that will spring up around the county and in our towns and beyond in celebration of this holiday, isn't it? It is a deed American holiday for all of us. Thank you, Commissioner. Homes were your leadership. Mr. Chair, my last comment is a Mike drop to the city of Raleigh. I understand that they are also considering this. My understanding is that Johnson County commissioners have also been approached as well as the Mecklenburg Board of Commissioners. So I'm very hopeful that many municipalities and counties across our state join nuts. Agreed. As you said earlier today, it is never too late to do the right thing. I think that's very appropriate. And Dr West? What? Another phrase of yours that comes to mind, Um, when a ticket with holidays, Uh, recognition is respect made visible. And so there are many, many people before us who probably never would have imagined that, uh, Capital County government of the ninth largest state in this nation would do something like this. It's in their memory, and but more importantly, um, for the generations that came after them and we look to a brighter future for everybody. But we have to recognize I'm all aspects of our past. No, thank you. Like, we should pause at that point just to kind of feel the gravity of situation. But let's carry on. This is the point of the agenda where you prove our consent agenda. Um, misuses. You know, all items on the consent agenda. Um are to be considered routine and maybe enacted by one motion. But if at any points, county commissioner would like to have one or more of these items to be removed from the consent of Gen.