(CNN) — You might see another red, white and blue flag flying today over state capitols and city buildings. That banner with a bursting star in the middle is the Juneteenth Flag, a symbolic representation of the end of slavery in the United States. The flag is the brainchild of...
DALLAS — On Thursday, June 17, President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday, passed by Congress, to set aside Juneteenth, or June 19th, as a federal holiday. The Senate approved it unanimously, and only 14 House Republicans opposed the measure. The celebration started with the freed slaves of Galveston, Texas....
Enslaved people in Native American territories waited later for freedom. And Black Codes after the Civil War stalled much of emancipation's progress.
The holiday Juneteenth (also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or Jubilee Day) commemorates the day, June 19, 1866, that tens of thousands of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, first learned that they were free. These days, communities around the country celebrate Juneteenth by gathering for barbecues and enjoying red...
The U.S. Congress this week established Juneteenth, a commemoration observed in communities and cities across the country for more than 150 years to mark the day slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom, as an officially recognized federal holiday. Celebrations being held all over the country on June 19 likely will assume an added sense of occasion. In one such event, happening at Lincoln Center in New York City, a starry group of Black artists will present an outdoor event that not only marks the day, but also examines the very idea of freedom itself.
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An incredible thing happened this week in Washington — lawmakers passed legislation. It is no small feat in this highly partisan era that politicians, who cannot agree on a commission to study the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection or what should go into an infrastructure bill, came together to create a holiday commemorating the moment people in Texas learned the emancipation had finally come.
Growing up in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the 1970s and 1980s, I didn’t celebrate Juneteenth. In fact, I didn’t know such a celebration existed until I went to college south of the Mason-Dixon line, in Virginia. This solidifies a curriculum perspective I have long held: Knowledge is the history you learn shaped by the history of place you’re learning it.
Summer is heating up and with it, many of us are heading to the local park or a neighbor's backyard to fire up the grill, crack open a cold one and have a few laughs with friends and loved ones. It just wouldn't be the dog days without the scent of charcoal in the air, popsicles in the freezer and a damp swimsuit hanging from the shower rod.
Boston, MABoston Globe
On June 19, 1865 — two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appommatix Court House -- Union Army Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told African Americans that the institution of slavery was dead. The 250,000 enslaved people in Texas had actually been freed two and a half years earlier, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but the news had not yet reached the Lone Star State.
Boston, MABoston Globe
A BEAUTIFUL RESISTANCE A BEAUTIFUL RESISTANCE Black joy, Black lives, as celebrated by culture columnist Jeneé Osterheldt. Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, Juneteenth. June 19, 1865, is when it happened. More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, two months after the surrender of Robert E. Lee, enslaved Black people in Texas found out they were finally free.
Today is the first time in Massachusetts history that the state is formally observing Juneteenth as a state holiday. It commemorates the day the last enslaved Black Americans were emancipated in Texas: June 19th, 1865. Yesterday, President Biden signed Juneteenth into law as a federal holiday. For years, Juneteenth has been celebrated informally in Massachusetts.
Durham, NCRaleigh News & Observer
Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday offers a long-awaited opportunity to reflect on the legacy of slavery. But some educators in the Triangle hope that it won’t become just another day off work and for big sales. It took more than 150 years to acknowledge, in stature, the significance of the...
Juneteenth, a holiday recognized in the African American community, has been celebrated for almost 155 years. It was first celebrated in Texas on June 19th, 1866, to commemorate the end of slavery and enslaved people first learning of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Juneteenth flag was created in order to signify and solidify the holiday for all Americans, snd the Juneteenth flag is most noted for its distinct colors and shapes. Over two decades since its creation, people across the country are still utilizing the flag as a symbol of liberty and freedom for Black Americans.
Shelby, NCShelby Star
When a family friend asked Dashawn Surratt to help resurrect a celebration for Juneteenth, he jumped at the opportunity. The Shelby native knew of the historic day and what it meant to the black community. One month later, the 25-year old has helped orchestrate a 3-day extravaganza for all of Cleveland County.