Known as freedom day.
Celebrated on the 19th of June to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, proclaiming all slaves in Texas were now free. (source)
Basically put, this is the day that slaves could scream and shout for joy, because they were officially free.
Juneteenth is such a symbolic day and it means so much to black people. What I find sad is that it’s not even studied in history classes. I didn’t know anything about Juneteenth until two or three years ago. How sad is that? What’s even worse is that it’s not recognized as a national holiday all around the world. Today is the black community’s fourth of July. It’s where we celebrate the freedom of our ancestors from the shackles of slavery.
What does this mean for you?
Well dear reader, Today is a celebratory day for black people, but also a day for everyone to support. If you haven’t before, now is your time to support a black owned business, black creators, black artists, etc. This is your chance. If you haven’t done anything these past two weeks and beyond, then here you go, and this goes for anyone. Show your support. Either signing petitions all day, donating, buying from a few black businesses, and so forth. We as black people have had so much taken away from us, including our lives. It’s time to be given back to, to be celebrated, and for us to celebrate ourselves. Below will be the itinerary I made filled with some black creators, businesses, and so much more. I still have to add even more to the list so bookmark it and come back to it, because you shouldn’t just support on this day or during this time.
How do you plan on supporting or celebrating today? I would love to know!