A Holiday to Celebrate Freedom Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is observed on June 19, 1865.

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Juneteenth: A Holiday to Celebrate Freedom

Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is observed on June 19, 1865, the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas.

Juneteenth has been observed by African American communities for over 150 years. It is a day to honor the history and achievements of black Americans, and to reflect on the ongoing struggle for racial justice and equality.

Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021. This was a historic moment, as it was the first new federal holiday in over 30 years.

Juneteenth is a day for all Americans to appreciate the diversity and richness of the black community, and to join in the celebration of freedom and solidarity.

  • The name "Juneteenth" comes from the combination of the words "June" and "nineteenth."
  • Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, and Jubilee Day.
Emancipation Proclamation: A presidential order issued by Abraham Lincoln Slavery: The practice of owning people as property and forcing them to work without pay. Freedom: The state of being free from slavery or oppression. Solidarity: Unity or agreement among people who share common interests. Achievements: Things that have been accomplished or attained. Diversity: The variety of different cultures, races, and ethnicities within a group or society. Richness: The quality of being full of valuable or meaningful things. Celebration: A joyous occasion marked by festivities and merrymaking. Honor: To respect or show great respect for someone or something. Reflect: To think deeply or carefully about something. Struggle: A difficult or demanding task or experience. Justice: The quality of being fair and just. Equality: The state of being equal in status, rights, or opportunities.

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What Is Juneteenth? | HISTORY
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) is a holiday commemorating this day, which marked an effective end of slavery in the United States.
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