JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS TODAY
Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing.
HISTORY OF JUNETEENTH DAY
Juneteenth Day is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The world-wide event, dating back to June 19, 1865 began when the Union soldiers, landed at Galveston Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
Note that this was two and half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official in 1863.
Many broke out in immediate celebration to this profound news, which has been named, “Juneteenth Day,” and grew with more participation throughout the years. The Juneteenth Celebration, always held on June 19, was a time for reassuring each other, for praying, and for gathering family members.
Aside from the typical range of entertainment activities, Juneteenth almost always focuses on education and self-improvement with guest speakers and prayer services.