Juneteenth according to Wikipedia is “a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.”
Since 1865, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on the 19th of June in various parts of the United States. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture with origin from Galveston, Texas.
Why it is called “Juneteenth”: The term Juneteenth is a blend of the words June and nineteenth. The holiday has also been called Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day.
President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier, it could not be enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War in April 1865.
Juneteenth is a paid holiday for state employees in Texas, New York, Virginia, Washington and now Illinois, and hundreds of companies give workers a day off on that day.
What Juneteenth means to African Americans :
“It means that we are finally appreciating and respecting black people,” Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed. “Now we have a long way to go, but this is definitely one of those steps toward absolute equality.”
Apparently in the above sentence it shows that Juneteenth means a lot to African Americans and perhaps racism is truly and gradually folding up too.
Juneteenth could be a step to making Americans see the need to appreciate the dark history side of their cultural heritage and therefore teach same to the younger generation for awareness and reflection purposes of who they truly are and what they could be tomorrow, placing in the citizens the consciousness that lieth in unity.
In the words of Jones “It’s extremely important that we as white, black, and brown people learn as much as we can about all the various identities and cultures that makeup our great nation,” “And so this is one of those crown jewels that makes America, America.”
Think African Americans Liberty, think Juneteenth.