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How To Celebrate Juneteenth 2021

Hey Lovelies,

Since the summer is finally here, I decided to take some time to acknowledge an historic event for the culture.

Last summer in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in May 2020 many protesters were politically awakened to the magnitude of racist police violence in America during the wave of Black Lives Matter protests a year ago.

Now a year later as I reflect on that time as a pivotal moment in our history, I believe there is still more work to be done and we must acknowledge where we have been to know where we are going.

Make no mistake about it I do not believe it is our job as African Americans to teach what should already be in our history books. However, I do think that we as African Americans have a responsibility to stay educated within our own communities and beyond so that we may never forget our roots.

So in this post, I will be dropping some education about what Juneteenth means to me and what you can do to get involved this month.

What Is Juneteenth?

While most American History classes teach us that the Emancipation Proclamation that took effect in 1863 declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free" that did not apply to all who were enslaved.

For African Americans living in Confederate territory in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, freedom did not come until nearly two years later on June 19, 1865.

According to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Juneteenth is a celebration that takes place annually on June 19th to commemorate the day when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas to free slaves.

“The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas.”

For this reason African Americans celebrate Juneteenth or Freedom/Emancipation Day to recognize the liberation of those who were still enslaved.

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