Celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day, or Freedom Day, is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, observed annually on June 19. The name “Juneteenth” references the date of the holiday, combining the words “June” and “nineteenth.”
Juneteenth was originally celebrated in Texas, on June 19, 1866. The holiday was originally celebrated with prayer meetings and by singing spirituals and wearing new clothes to represent newfound freedom. Within a few years, African Americans were celebrating Juneteenth in other states, making it an annual tradition. Juneteenth celebrations in the United States include prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, family gatherings and picnics, and festivals with food, music, and dancing. The day is also celebrated outside the United States and is used to recognize the end of slavery as well as to celebrate African American culture and achievements.
As more Americans become aware of Juneteenth as a holiday, its important to learn about its history and significance.
May our commitment to justice and liberation be greater than our fear of the risk of fighting for it.