It is up to us to Humanize slavery. Juneteenth is more than a celebration. It is an observance acknowledging and recognizing not just the plight of Black people but the self-liberation of Black people in the United States.
Join us as we observe, respect, and celebrate the remembrance of resilient enslaved people.
Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday celebrated in the United States on June 19th. It marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and proclaimed that all enslaved individuals were free, two and a half years after then President, Abraham Lincoln, issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth has long been observed by African Americans, dating back to June 19, 1866, in Galveston, Texas. It is a significant moment in American history, underscoring the ongoing struggle for racial justice and equality. Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Biden signed into law Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, S. 475, creating a federal holiday to commemorate Juneteenth, making it the first federal holiday approved since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.
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