Juneteenth (aka “June Nineteenth”) is a day when the African American community recognizes the freedom of enslaved people. This event began in 1865 when the federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take over the state and free the enslaved people. However, the troops arrived two and half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Nevertheless, we the people, celebrate this day as a true end to slavery in the United States, and it is now considered one of the longest-running African American holidays.
To commemorate this day, there are many activities to do, including, but not limited to:
- Learning the complete history.
- Supporting Black-owned businesses.
- Acknowledging the past and spreading the word.
- Donating to supporting organizations.
- Attending Juneteenth events (here are some of interest in L.A.: Juneteenth X LA Black History Month Festival located in Westchester Park, Liberation: A Festival of Arts & Culture Honoring Juneteenth, Juneteenth Prosperity Market @ CAAM, and so much more).
By understanding the entire history of Juneteenth, the impact of this knowledge can help spread the word about what it means for the African American community to be liberated.
Additionally, supporting Black-owned businesses shows the support of one’s ideals. If you do not have the money to help, do not fret, other ways to support these businesses are through social media following and interaction. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites, we'd love your follow!
Let’s continue supporting and embracing our communities!
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