“Juneteenth” is a holiday in the United States of America that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolishment of slavery. It is also known as Independence Day or Freedom Day. Although the Emancipation Proclamation which was effective January 1, 1863, it was not enforced until after the collapse of the Confederacy.
The name Juneteenth is a combination of June and nineteenth, the date of it’s celebration and is recognized as a state holiday in 46 of 50 states. Black Americans gather in fellowship to celebrate this historical occasion which is part of a very dark past in American history.
Let us all of every race take this opportunity to honour and celebrate those who fought for the freedoms we have today.