NORTH CAROLINA – Richard Petty Motorsports and his entrepreneurial nonprofit sponsor are honoring June 10th Emancipation Day this weekend with an initiative to support Nashville black entrepreneurs, the racing team said.
New York-based non-profit The Lonely Entrepreneur (TLE) and the Black Entrepreneur Initiative are main sponsors of RPM’s # 43 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Erik Jones during the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series on the Nashville Superspeedway Sunday , 20.06.
As part of the partnership this weekend, TLE is giving away 100 free registrations for one year on its platform to members of the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce.
“We are proud to partner with The Lonely Entrepreneur and their Black Entrepreneur Initiative as we celebrate Juneteenth together,” said Brian Moffitt, chief executive officer of Richard Petty Motorsports, in a statement. “Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road, so the resources and support structure of the Black Entrepreneur Initiative will provide the tools to assist black Nashville entrepreneurs in their quest to become successful business leaders.”
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With the signing of the law this week, Juneteenth has become the 12th federal holiday. The House of Representatives voted 415-14 on Wednesday to send the bill to Biden. The Senate had already unanimously approved the bill.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought news of freedom to enslaved blacks in Galveston, Texas, two months after the Confederation surrendered. That was about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves in the southern states.
It marks the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr.Day was introduced in 1983.