So the United States just pass a law unanimously pass Juneteenth as a holiday. Now if you don’t know what it is we will give you a brief history and we hope that it helps.
When you think about Independence Day in the USA you would think about the 4th of July but not for Black people since they were slaves. The day that some Black Americans Is June 19 and its for the following reason:
In 1863, during the American Civil War, Pres. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared more than three million slaves living in the Confederate states to be free. More than two years would pass, however, before the news reached African Americans living in Texas. It was not until Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that the state’s residents finally learned that slavery had been abolished. The former slaves immediately began to celebrate with prayer, feasting, song, and dance.
If you want a little more explanation here are some videos:
Although it has long celebrated in the African American community, this monumental event remains largely unknown to most Americans.
The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times. The National Museum of African American History and Cultureis a community space where this spirit of hope lives on. A place where historical events like Juneteenth are shared and new stories with equal urgency are told.
In Canada we Have emancipation day which was declared federally this year on August 1st. All of this is a step in the right direction to have future generations know a side of history was never told and may be part of the long path to equality.