What Is Juneteenth?
The End of Slavery
Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas in 1980, and a number of other states followed suit. Juneteenth was made a federal holiday in 2021. The end of slavery is celebrated in a number of countries outside the United States, as well as the culture and achievements of African Americans.
The Day of Juneteenth
Some celebrations take place in the backyards of families with food, but some cities like Atlanta and Washington hold larger events, like parades and festivals, with residents and businesses. Juneteenth was first designated a holiday in Texas in 1980, though it is mostly symbolic. At least 45 states and the District of Columbia have moved to officially recognize the day.
In October of last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia signed into law legislation declaring Juneteenth holidays in their states. In the month of June, the governor of Washington declared Juneteenth a state holiday and the legislature in Illinois approved a bill that would make it a paid day off for all state employees. The day is a state holiday in Louisianand Maine.
The Teaching of Slavery
It comes as a fierce cultural debate rages over the history of slavery and how it should be taught in American schools. Some Republican-controlled states want to limit or prohibit the teaching of patriotism and re-examine the importance of slavery in the country.
The work that still needs to be done for black rights
Juneteenth is an opportunity to focus on the work that still needs to be done to advance black rights, as the country continues to scrutinize police brutality and demonstrate against it.
The Independence Day Holiday in the United States
Kelly Navies, a Museum Specialist in Oral History for the NMAAHC, said that some formerly enslaved people who left Texas for Mexico brought the holiday with them. "Your celebration is a sham, your boasted liberty, an incomprehensible license, your national greatness, swelling Vanity, and your sounds of rejoicing are empty and callous," wrote the slave. Juneteenth is a holiday that African Americans like to celebrate on Independence Day.
The Marcus Garvey Salad
The Marcus Garvey salad with red, green, and black beans is a dish that has become a legend in recent years. The salad is named after a black activist who created a group that attracted two million followers. Juneteenth is often mentioned on websites and resources, but a precise recipe is hard to come by, apart from an overview of the main ingredients.
The Meaning of Juneteenth
If you are like many Americans, you may not have been taught about Juneteenth. The majority of Americans are not aware of the significance of Juneteenth despite the fact that it is a federal holiday.
Juneteenth is gaining traction across the United States because of the high demands for racial equality and justice at a time when the country is celebrating new holidays.
The Houston Slave Park
Newly freed slaves gathered for prayer and spiritual singing at the beginning of Juneteenth celebrations. Other rituals such as barbecuing, parading, and performing historical reenactments are still going on. Some people in the Black community were not interested in the Juneteenth celebrations, and some people in the public were not allowed to be involved.
Juneteenth is a Federal Holiday
Juneteenth recognizes when the last slaves were told about the president's order, which is when the end of slavery is often recognized. The Senate voted unanimously to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. The bill will likely be approved by the House, though the timing is still uncertain, as the Washington Post noted. The legislation was passed by the House.