In 2021, Juneteenth became a national holiday—for many this was their first time hearing about the holiday. But this day isn’t about a free day off work or no school. For Black people this has been a holiday celebrated for years. The legacy of Black Americans is often overlooked by this country, which is why July 4th is not the day that marks their independence, June 19th is!
Juneteenth marks the 19th day in June 1865, when Black people in Galveston, Texas were informed—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation—that slavery was abolished, and the Civil War had ended. This brought liberation to Black Texans (and Black Americans everywhere). The significance of Juneteenth is more relevant now than ever, because “freedom” is represented in Black communities through their influence, art, music, and cultural foods.
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In-person event 6/17: Community Day ( Washington DC)
Free virtual event 6/17 : Celebrating Juneteenth - KIDS CRAFT
Free virtual event 6/24: Juneteenth Summit: Blacks & Jews Alliance for Justice and Liberation
Header photo: Three young women celebrate Juneteenth in Grant Park, Chicago on June 19, 2020. Photo by Antwon McCullen.