Posted: June 19, 2021
Essential reading on why this newest national holiday has always been one of the most important days on the calendar…
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Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States,
Read on to learn more about the history, traditions, and meaning of Juneteenth.
It goes by many names. Whether you call it Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or the country's second Independence Day, Juneteenth is one of the most important anniversaries in our nation's history.
Here’s why it’s a big deal that it’s finally a federal holiday.
The New Yorker
How a Texan holiday became a national tradition.
The New York Times
It was black Americans who delivered on Lincoln’s promise of “a new birth of freedom.”
Kellie Carter Jackson
Companies and governments are finally recognizing Emancipation Day as an official holiday, but black Americans have honored its significance all along.
More than a declaration, Juneteenth was a day that America’s dishonesty unraveled.
Professor Barbara Krauthamer, a leading historian of African American slavery and emancipation, talks through Juneteenth‘s significance down the decades and which books to read to get a better understanding of what it's all about.
The Juneteenth flag uses the exact same colors as the United States‘s flag: red, white, and blue. This was intentional and meant to show that the formerly enslaved and their descendants are free Americans, too.
Communal barbecues, concerts, prayer services, parades, as well as baseball games, fishing, and rodeos, all featured in the festivities.
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