On June 17th, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill into law establishing Juneteenth National Independence Day as a federal holiday. This year, the holiday will be observed on June 18th, as it the weekday nearest the official date of June 19th.
Juneteenth is said to be the oldest holiday celebrated in African American culture. It marks the day the African slaves particularly in Texas were informed of their freedom. This came more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. That means after the signing of this important document, slave owners in Texas did not actually let their slaves go but instead let them stay on the plantations to continue the unpaid labor. On June 19th, 1865 federal troops came to Galvenston, Texas to ensure that everyone would be free. Many African Americans celebrate June 19th every year as their “Independence Day.”
Learn more about the history behind Juneteenth:
In acknowledgement of Juneteenth, we would like to direct your attention to some organizations dedicated to lifting up African Americans. Learn more about these organizations and find out how to support them below: