Juneteenth: Our Journey to Equality

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Juneteenth, African American Freedom Day, Emancipation Day. WE as African Americans celebrate this day because we are free, free from slavery and that’s only where our journey to equality starts. On June 19th 1865, we closed the door on one of our last chapters of slavery. The name Juneteenth is a combination of “June” and “Nineteenth” and it’s a special day especially to the African, and African American families. This celebration takes on special meaning, as we don’t have to worry about being in captivity as slaves. “On June 19, 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free. Now, 155 years later, people in cities and towns across the U.S. continue to mark the occasion with celebrations.” as said in the New York Times newspaper.

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In Hawaii, North Dakota, and South Dakota, Juneteenth is recognized as a holiday just like Christmas or Thanksgiving. WE celebrate this holiday just as any other, and it’s no different than celebrating any other holiday. It just has a more special meaning to African, and African American countries. People mostly celebrate this by getting together, having a family function, a cookout, and much more. Juneteenth was especially important this year following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many more that white cops have killed. Our Journey to equality has just begun and we will fight with all of our strength and we will fight together!