Moving Forward :: Celebrating Juneteenth

The Juneteenth flag. For more information on its symbolism, click here.

In 2021, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. This is wonderful news for Black culture as we are still fighting for equal rights today. The proclamation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is big and is celebrated in a big way!

Let’s talk about it, shall we?

The federal holiday Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th each year. That is the day in 1865 when slaves in Galveston, Texas learned that they had been granted freedom. June 19, 2024 will be the 159th anniversary of this historic event.

The celebration of Juneteenth should be inclusive, educational, and empowering for all. The Black culture has contributed so much to the U.S. through our music, food, and other successes, and Juneteenth will be a demonstration of that. As the U.S. is still making strides toward racial justice and equality, Juneteenth will be a beautiful day.

So now I bet you’re wondering how do we celebrate Juneteenth? As always, I have a list for you. As you read the list, I encourage you to do as much on the list as possible to understand the significance of this celebration. While we are not all the same race or ethnicity, we can all learn, right?

Learn About the History of Juneteenth

There are books and websites (such as here and here) about the history of Juneteenth and its origin. This is a significant event in U.S. history, and facts are important. This is also a great teachable moment for children. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get informed.

Support Black Businesses

There are so many Black businesses that have products that benefit everyone! From skin care to clothes, the Black culture is so talented and will thrive from new customers!

Find a Juneteenth Celebration and Have Fun!

All week there will be local Juneteenth celebrations that will have good food, fun, and fellowship. (Including the historic Barnstorm Birmingham at Rickwood Field!) What better way to celebrate a holiday than outside with people, right?

Again, I encourage you all to get involved with the celebration of Juneteenth! Together we can all make progress.

This post was originally published on June 18, 2021.


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