Superintendent Meria Carstarphen announced the holiday in a blog post this week.
“Juneteenth should be a national holiday. There should be celebration, reflection, time to enjoy our freedom,” she wrote.
She said the day can serve as an opportunity to teach and learn about the significant moment. She encouraged people to think about what has happened since that day, “but also to recognize that we still have a long way to go.”
"Just as the first Juneteenth has been celebrated as (a) turning point for our nation, perhaps now, June 19, 2020, can be another crucial pivotal point for all in Atlanta Public Schools, our state, our nation and our world to recognize collectively that Black lives matter," she wrote. "And more hopefully, more people of different backgrounds, ideologies, and politics really understand that we work best as a nation united and not divided."