Over the years its come to my attention that some black people really don’t know about Juneteenth and didn’t experience celebrating it when they were younger. That was surprising to me because I just knew that Juneteenth celebrations were required in every black household, i didn’t know anything different.
For those that may not be informed, here’s what you need to know…
Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) is the day that commemorates the end of slavery. Texas for whatever reason didn’t get the “free the slaves” memo in 1863 when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and still had our ancestors as slaves, a whole two years later.
Juneteenth still is not a national holiday…which needs to change like yesterday. Will that ever happen? I don’t know…all I know is I don’t think wypipo will be too excited to celebrate the day blacks became free in this country.
How do you celebrate Juneteenth?
The best way to celebrate Juneteenth is by highlighting the contributions African American’s have made in this country. We’ve done some amazing things as a people that deserves to be honored and celebrate. Gotta have the cookout ready and on deck because THAT’S JUST WHAT WE DO.
With everything that we continue to go through in this country, it feels good to have a day to be free and live in our truth as African Americans. Some of y’all be doing THE MOST for Cinco De Mayo…put that same energy into celebrating and honoring your people today. We deserve it! Learn more about Juneteenth by visiting the website.
Need some tunes to help you celebrate today? Stream my “Freedom Celebration” playlist on Spotify!