Juneteenth is an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth is a day that all Americans should be celebrating. It is when the Union soldiers enforced President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas. June 19, 1865, is a significant turning point for freedom in our nation’s history. Thus, we should view it as we view Independence Day. Juneteenth is the annual observance celebrating the end of slavery. A lot of people have not heard of Juneteenth until recently. However, Juneteenth has been celebrated since 1866, mostly by Black Americans.
In school, a lot of us have only learned about the Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln that enslaved people “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” However, that was not true all throughout the US, it only pertained to places under confederate control. Texas became a safe haven for enslavers until federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure that enslaved people be free.
Juneteenth is in fact the longest-running African-American holiday. Although, it had not become a federal holiday until June 17, 2021.
How do people celebrate Juneteenth?
So how do people celebrate Juneteenth? This day is a day full of parades, rodeos, and street fairs. At these events, you can appreciate Black culture and history. From Black poets, leaders, and achievements- Black history is important to American history.
Therefore, it is essential to view black history’s past, present, and future, and how it is a part of American history’s past, and present. and future. Regardless of the holiday of Juneteenth and Black History Month, we should always respect, and acknowledge each other’s backgrounds, especially generational and current and systematic hardships and injustices.