Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Resilience

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Resilience

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, holds a profound significance in American history as it commemorates the end of slavery. Observed annually on June 19, Juneteenth marks the day when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were finally informed of their emancipation on June 19, 1865, more than two years after the […]

Juneteenth is the Newest Federal Holiday. Here’s What it Celebrates.

Juneteenth is the Newest Federal Holiday. Here’s What it Celebrates.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA – June 19th, 2021: African American drummer band participating and marching in Juneteenth celebration parade. (Shutterstock) By Sydney Combs, National Geographic Known to some as the country’s “second Independence Day,” Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War. For more than 150 […]

Opal Lee Fought to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday. Her Fight Isn’t Over.

The beloved “Grandmother of Juneteenth” reflects on freedom a year after the day became nationally recognized.

Opal Lee Fought to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday. Her Fight Isn’t Over.

By Taryn Finley, Huff Post This June 19 marks the second year the United States has observed Juneteenth as a national holiday. That’s in large part due to the work and dedication of 95-year-old Opal Lee, who played a major role in putting pressure on legislators to acknowledge a significant day Black folks in America […]