This month, communities all across the state are celebrating a holiday known as Juneteenth.
In 2011, Georgia became the 37th state to recognize Juneteenth.
State Sen. Donzella James of College Park was one of three senators to help push the bill through in Georgia.
She joined GPB's Leah Fleming to discuss the meaning behind the holiday and how she helped give it official recognition in Georgia.
With several events taking place this past weekend, more Juneteenth festivities are scheduled all around Georgia, including in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Snellville, and Tybee Island.