WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden will celebrate the Juneteenth holiday early with a Monday concert on the White House South Lawn featuring singers such as Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle.

The event starts at 7 p.m., President Biden is expected to give remarks at 8 p.m.

Those attending from the administration will include Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff.

The Democratic president signed a law in 2021 that made June 19, or Juneteenth, a federal holiday. It commemorates the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in the United States learned they were free, more than two years after then-President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that liberated slaves in the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Generations of Black Americans have celebrated Juneteenth, which marks the enforcement of the proclamation in Texas with the Civil War ending in a Union victory.

Others scheduled to appear at the White House event included singer and songwriter Raheem DeVaughn, gospel singer Kirk Franklin, rapper Doug E. Fresh, singer and songwriter Anthony Hamilton, singer and actress Patina Miller, country singer and songwriter Brittney Spencer, jazz musician Trombone Shorty, the singer and songwriter Charlie Wilson and the comedian and actor Roy Wood, Jr.

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