This week, people all over the United States will recognize and embrace one of the oldest and greatest celebrations for African Americans – Juneteenth.
On June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston Texas, the Civil War was over, and all previously enslaved people in Texas were free – effectively ending slavery. (This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863). Granger’s announcement was cause for both shock and celebration, and became known as Juneteenth.
While Juneteenth is one of the oldest known celebrations for African Americans, the day been recognized more broadly in the last few years, and lawmakers in many states have introduced legislation to make Juneteenth a legally recognized national holiday. This year, several companies and non-profit organizations – including ADL – are commemorating the day as a paid holiday for employees, allowing the opportunity for reflection and participation.
We encourage you to learn more about this historical day. Please share the resources below with friends and family.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission – Metro Denver Juneteenth Silent March & Ride
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Many thanks to our colleagues at ADL’s Michigan Regional Office for compiling many of these resources.