For those of you who don’t know, today is Juneteenth – a holiday celebrated each year on June 19th, 1865 – which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Now, for those who were bamboozled by a curriculum geared to hide the sins of white America, you might be saying to yourself “well, the 13th amendment was passed in January of 1865.” This is correct, but in the state of Texas, which was very isolated from the rest of the country at that time, slave owners kept their slaves ignorant of the new amendment that granted them their new freedom in an efforts to gain a bigger profit at the end of their quarter, which happened to be June 19th. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas, to inform the reluctant community that President Abraham Lincoln two years earlier had freed the slaves and pressed the local authorities to comply with the law.
Here are some ways you can celebrate:
- Have a cookout—celebrate today like you would the 4th of July because Juneteenth is equally deserving of being a national holiday.
- Throw up the Pan-African Flag, or the Juneteenth Flag, your choice.
- If you’re in NYC, go to Coney Island and celebrate at their free Juneteenth event.
- If you’re in Texas, go to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park and celebrate at their Juneteenth event.
- Visit everfest to see when and where the Juneteenth celebrations are happening near you.