Tag: Juneteenth

What to Know About Juneteenth, the Newest Federal Holiday

What to Know About Juneteenth, the Newest Federal Holiday

Despite Juneteenth’s storied history, the holiday was largely overlooked by non-Black Americans until recent years. The momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement propelled Juneteenth into the national spotlight, building on a decades-long push by activists and leaders to get recognition for the landmark occasion. In 2021, Juneteenth became the latest federal holiday in the […]

Bidens to host Juneteenth concert at White House

Bidens to host Juneteenth concert at White House

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will host a Juneteenth concert next week in a “celebration of community, culture and music,” the White House announced Wednesday. The concert, to be held June 13, will be on the South Lawn of the White House. During the event, the White House says it will “uplift […]

Activists Urging for Juneteenth to Become a State Holiday

Activists Urging for Juneteenth to Become a State Holiday

Last year, June 19 became Juneteenth National Independence Day, a United States federal holiday. The legislation gained traction after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the bill passed the House 415-14, making it the 11th federal holiday.

Books About Juneteenth

Books About Juneteenth

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th, in remembrance of the day that all enslaved people in America were ensured freedom. Federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865, a full two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, to take control of the state. Today it honors the end of slavery, and on June 17th, 2021 it became an official federal holiday. Below are books for both children and adults to learn more about the longest running African American holiday.

Juneteenth has been declared a federal holiday

Juneteenth has been declared a federal holiday

June 19 marks the day that soldiers arrived at Galveston, Texas, to deliver news that enslaved Black Americans had gained their freedom at the end of the Civil War in 1865. The anniversary of this event, which has been mainly recognized by Black Americans, is called Juneteenth. On Thursday, Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday, making it the 12th federal holiday.

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