Juneteenth, short for "June Nineteenth," marks the day when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.
The significance of Juneteenth extends far beyond Galveston. It's a story of resilience and the fight for freedom that reverberated across the country. As the news spread, communities in cities like Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and countless others embraced Juneteenth as a time to commemorate the end of slavery and honor the resilience of their ancestors.
Check out this video (3.5 mins) from PBS to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI1HYZUqn2g
Juneteenth is also a call to action, a reminder that the fight for equality is ongoing. It's an opportunity for us to come together as a community, to engage in meaningful conversations, and to support initiatives that promote justice and equity for all.
Wishing you all a joyful Juneteenth celebration!