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Pictures show Kamala Harris at the senators’ dinner, which June 18th does not celebrate

After President Joe Biden made June 17 a federal holiday on June 17, celebrities like Usher and Lupita Nyong’o celebrated. But some social media users say the nation’s first black vice president didn’t do much to celebrate the occasion.

A June 20 Facebook post contained four photos of Vice President Kamala Harris and several white women eating. One picture shows Harris standing with a raised glass while two other people do not speak with paint at the table.

“All the best in June,” says the post, which contains more than 1,300 shares.

June 19 commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and, in particular, the arrival of Union forces in Texas after the Civil War. Two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, they brought the news of the emancipation.

Various other versions of the Facebook post are also widely used on social media. But the footage shows Harris at a bipartisan Senate dinner four days before June 16.

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USA TODAY has asked the Facebook user who wrote the post for a comment.

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The pictures in the Facebook post are from June 15, a few days before Biden signed the law that made June 16 a federal holiday.

Harris invited the 24 Senators, 16 Democrats, and eight Republicans to dine at the Vice President’s official residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington. On Twitter, Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, thanked the Vice President for hosting the dinner.

One of the pictures he shared matches a photo that was shared on the Facebook post. Another tweet from Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, shows the picture of Harris toasting the group from his seat at the table.

Dinner was not held to celebrate June 16, but is an annual bipartisan event for female senators. But Harris expressed his thoughts on the vacation in a tweet.

“We have come a long way. And we still have a lot to do. But today is a day of celebration. Happy 19th June everyone!” he said in a June 19 tweet that included an excerpt from his White House speech on the signing of the Biden Act.

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