June 19th has become a federal holiday in the US known as Juneteenth National Independence Day. This day holds immense significance as it commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Originating in Galveston, Texas, Juneteenth has evolved into a widely celebrated occasion across various parts of the United States.
The history of Juneteenth can be traced back to June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger issued an order of freedom for enslaved individuals in Texas. It serves as a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of African Americans throughout history and to honor their resilience.
The recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday by President Joe Biden in 2021, marked a milestone in the country’s commitment to acknowledging its complex history. The journey towards racial equality is an ongoing one, and this provides an opportunity to acknowledge the progress made while recognizing the work that still lies ahead.