June 17 (UPI) – Fox and Tubi shared a June 19 message from 9-1-1 star Angela Bassett on Friday. June 16 is Sunday and the celebrations continue on Monday.
“My ancestors contributed to this great nation,” Bassett said in the video. “Their freedoms were starting to be opened up and showcased in this country. June 16 is a day of celebration.
June 19, 1865 was the day slaves in Texas learned of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862. June 19 was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.
“Everyone wants to be represented, to be seen, to be appreciated and recognized,” Bassett said. “So that’s the day. It’s a day not just for African Americans, but for anyone who has felt invisible, anyone who fights for freedoms.
Bassett stars as LAPD Sergeant Athena Grant-Nash on 9-1-1. The show depicts police and rescue workers working together to rescue people in crisis each week.
In film, Bassett starred in the hits Boyz n the Hood, What’s Love Got to Do With It, Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Recently, she played T’Challa’s mother, Queen Ramonda, in Black Panther.