Melania Trump reads 'All Different Now' by Angela Johnson to mark Juneteenth

In video posted on Twitter and YouTube on Friday, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpStatue of Melania Trump set on fire in Slovenia The Memo: Trump gambles on school push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook- Schools weigh reopening options MORE reads a children’s book about the  Emancipation Proclamation to mark Juneteenth, the annual holiday commemorating the abolishment of U.S. slavery.

Trump read the Angela Johnson book “All Different Now,” which tells the story of a little girl who was freed in Texas alongside her family.

On June 19, 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation to former slaves in Texas, the final state where it was read after first being issued by President Lincoln in 1863. 


“Today we celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States,” Trump said in a video on Twitter.

Trump referenced the ongoing protests and demonstrations across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died last month after a now-former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest for nearly nine minutes. 

“As our country works through the racial issues that we still face today, it is important to remember we are one global community,” Trump said Friday. “Let’s all agree that any differences we have should be celebrated and learned from.” 


Trump also remarked on her trip to Ghana in 2018, her first major solo international trip as first lady.

“Today, I will be thinking about my trip to Ghana, in West Africa, where I was so moved to take a tour of the house of slaves and stepped through the ‘Door of No Return,’ a memorial to the Atlantic slave trade,” Trump said Friday.

“My hope for everyone today is that by understanding and reflecting on even the worst part of our country’s past, we can commit to lifting each other up and celebrating the freedom we all deserve,” she continued.

Trump and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonSunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Carson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Ben Carson to read stories for children at home amid the coronavirus pandemic MORE on Thursday visited the National Archives, where they viewed the Emancipation Proclamation, in addition to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

“These historic documents provide freedom & equality for all & serve as a reminder of our democratic ideals & values,” Trump shared on Twitter Thursday.