If you didn’t know, June 19th is a special day and marks a historic day.
Juneteenth is a day observed to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. It is also known as ‘Freedom Day’ or ‘Emancipation Day.’
Many people came together across the U.S. to celebrate this historic day through parades, family gatherings, and parties.
Some celebrate ‘Juneteenth’ in place of July 4th.
Celebrities including Film Director Ava Duvernay, Holly Robinson Peete, Deray Mckesson, and more took to social media to bring awareness and educate millennials on this historic day.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 19, 2017
— Max Faulkner (@mfaulknerphotog) June 17, 2017
Finally free. #Juneteenth.
— deray mckesson (@deray) June 19, 2017
#Juneteenth 152 years today enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas learned of their freedom a whole two and a half years late.
— sheryl lee ralph (@thesherylralph) June 19, 2017
— Black Aziz Ansari 👏 (@Freeyourmindkid) June 19, 2017
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) June 19, 2017
Here’s why we celebrate it for those that don’t know. pic.twitter.com/X4yhBdVniu
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 19, 2017
— 🌸hrp🌸 (@hollyrpeete) June 19, 2017
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) June 19, 2017
Here are some important facts you should know about Juneteenth and help educate your friends and family:
- Union General Gordon Granger delivered the good news in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, issuing General Order No. 3 and officially freeing America’s final slaves. This date, known as Juneteenth, has since been celebrated as Black Independence Day by African-Americans across the nation.
- On January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday in Texas. African-American state legislator Al Edwards’ bill marked Juneteenth as the first emancipation celebration to receive official state recognition.
- Juneteenth is not a federal holiday, but 43 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia recognize it as a ceremonial holiday. There are more than 200 cities in the nation that celebrate Black Independence Day with festivals or other events.
This is how both Millennials and baby boomers celebrated Juneteenth.
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