What Is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States.
Not celebrating for generations, during Jim Crow and through the early days of segregation out of fear of reprisal.
In 1979, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday. Today, 47 states recognize (https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44865.pdf) Juneteenth as a state holiday, while efforts to make it a national holiday have so far stalled in Congress.
Fast forward, attitudes have changed. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. And momentum is gaining for Juneteenth to be claimed as such. Step aside Cinco de Mayo, and St. Patrick’s Day, make way for Juneteenth, an actual American cause for celebration
What is it — and why is it important?
You can even get a yard sign!
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