On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were finally freed after a two year complicated history following the Emancipation Proclamation – marking a symbolic end to slavery in the United States.
Since then, June 19 is commemorated as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day,” a day to celebrate African American culture, achievement, and freedom.
Today we also take time to reflect on the long-lasting effects of slavery in the U.S. and how we can actively work to dismantle systemic racism. We encourage our community to delve deeper into the complex nuances surrounding Juneteenth and the abolishment of slavery in the United States.
HISTORY + IMPORTANCE OF JUNETEENTH
- How To Celebrate Juneteenth
- Juneteenth Explained, Vox
- KNKX Honors Juneteenth 2021, KNKX
- So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth, New York Times
- What is Juneteenth, PBS
- What is Juneteenth, History