Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth
JUNETEENTH, JUNE 19, 1865 | came to mark a new beginning and a true independence day for African American Texans. The first official Texas Juneteenth celebration was organized by the Freedmen’s Bureau and it was held in Austin in 1867. For many years resolutions recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day have been introduced in Congress by a number of senators and the hope is that some day, the Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday.
This has been my favorite Juneteenth graphic for five years, and I apologize for the joyous, even frivolous, "feel" after the horrendous events this week. I just don't have the energy to look for anything more somber. Thanks for following this board and be safe. ~Rexi44, 6/19/2015
Malcolm X's daughter on Juneteenth: 'We're in denial of the African holocaust'