JUNETEENTH – A Global Celebration for Freedom

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday observed on June 19th in the United States. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and the end of slavery in the country.

The history of Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No. 3, which proclaimed the freedom of all enslaved individuals in Texas. This announcement came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863. The delay in the news reaching Texas was due to a variety of factors, including the lack of Union presence and the resistance of slaveholders to comply with the Emancipation Proclamation.

Upon hearing the news of their freedom, the newly emancipated African Americans in Texas celebrated with jubilation. Juneteenth celebrations emerged as a way to commemorate this significant moment in history and to honour the resilience and perseverance of African Americans throughout the era of slavery.

Juneteenth celebrations traditionally include community gatherings, parades, picnics, family reunions, music, dancing, and other festivities. It serves as a time for reflection, education, and a celebration of African American culture and achievements. The holiday highlights the ongoing struggle for equality and justice, while also recognizing the progress made since the abolition of slavery.

In recent years, there has been a renewed national recognition of Juneteenth. Efforts to elevate its importance led to the passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in 2021, establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday in the United States. This milestone acknowledges the significance of Juneteenth in American history and underscores the importance of acknowledging and grappling with the legacy of slavery.

Juneteenth holds a special place in the African American community as a symbol of liberation, resilience, and the ongoing fight for equality. It serves as a reminder of the progress made towards racial justice while acknowledging the work that still needs to be done to address systemic racism and ensure equality for all.

In recent years, there has been a growing movement to educate people about Juneteenth and promote its recognition as a national holiday. This effort aims to foster greater understanding, unity, and a commitment to continuing the work towards a more inclusive and equitable society.

Overall, Juneteenth is a significant holiday that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and highlights the ongoing pursuit of freedom, justice, and equality for all individuals.

Vinh Van Lam
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Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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