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Overwhelmed young girl cries as Kamala Harris makes surprise Juneteenth visit

Overwhelmed young girl cries as Kamala Harris makes a surprise visit to the National Museum of African American History with Doug Emhoff, saying Juneteenth is ‘celebrating the principle of freedom’

  • Vice President Kamala Harris surprised a group of children at the National Museum of African American History and Culture for Juneteenth
  • A little girl was so overwhelmed she cried
  • Harris seemed to feel bad, she caused such an emotional reaction
  • She visited with about a dozen children and talked to them about freedom

Vice President Kamala Harris surprised a group of children at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Monday to mark Juneteenth, where a little girl was so overwhelmed she began to cry.

Harris seemed to feel bad about causing such an emotional reaction in the young girl, who sat coloring at a table with other children. The vice president put her hands over her mouth and gasped as the child rubbed her eyes.

The other kids took the surprise visit more slowly, pausing in their colors to talk to Harris about the new federal holiday.

A little girl was stunned when Vice President Kamala Harris made a surprise visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the occasion of Juneteenth

A little girl was stunned when Vice President Kamala Harris made a surprise visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the occasion of Juneteenth

Vice President Harris surprised the kids when she walked in and wished them

Vice President Harris surprised the kids when she walked in and wished them “Happy Juneteenth Young Leaders”

But the kids were visibly surprised when Harris, dressed in trousers and a brown blazer, entered the room. They gasped with excitement as they saw the Vice President wish them a Happy Juneteenth.

‘Happy young leaders in June!’ she said.

Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff met about two dozen children, ages 4-10, who were there for stories. They heard Rio Cortez’s The ABC’s of Black History before Harris arrived.

The vice president spoke to them about freedom and what it means.

‘How do we define freedom? Freedom in terms of the autonomy you have. Are we given freedom? are we born with human rights? I would say it is our God-given right to have freedom. It is your birthright to have freedom. And during slavery, freedom was taken. And so we’re not going to celebrate getting back what God has given us,” Harris said.

“Let this be a day to celebrate the principle of liberty and speak about it honestly and accurately, both in the context of history and in its current application,” she added.

Vice President Harris spoke to the kids about what freedom means

Vice President Harris spoke to the kids about what freedom means

Second Mr. Doug Emhoff accompanied Vice President Harris on the visit of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the occasion of Juneteenth

Second Mr. Doug Emhoff accompanied Vice President Harris on the visit of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the occasion of Juneteenth

Signed by President Joe Biden, Juneteenth is a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

It marks the anniversary of the announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, declaring freedom for enslaved people in Texas.

The holiday started in Galveston and was celebrated in the African American community before it became a federal holiday.

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