She led the movement to gain federal recognition of the holiday. This June 19, she’ll again walk 2.5 miles, marking the 2.5 years it took for news of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach Texas.
Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, officially became a federal holiday in 2021 after President Biden signed a bill passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress. It commemorates June 19, 1865, when, more than a month after the last battle of the Civil War, Union soldiers brought news to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas that they were emancipated. The date has been celebrated by Black Americans ever since, first in Texas and eventually throughout the United States.
Read on to learn more about the history, traditions, and meaning of Juneteenth.
Juneteenth must be a national and inclusive holiday with a narrative to match.
The holiday has long flourished in local spaces of Black life in America.
Colorful children’s picture books, gripping historical fiction and more are on our must-read list this Juneteenth.
Women were long in charge of our family celebrations. But in 1984, a group of men stepped up to organize the community and recover the early traditions.
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.
The red foods traditionally served at Juneteenth celebrations symbolize sacrifice, fortitude, and power. They are also indicative of the food traditions Africans brought with them from their homeland and how those traditions evolved in America.