What is Juneteenth? ✊🏾 The New National Holiday to Celebrate? #juneteenthvideo

Pam Perry

Whew. For Black people in America – it’s been a ride: from 1619 Project to Tulsa to George Floyd to critical race theory — but a bright light, just the other day, the Federal Government signed to make Juneteeth a National Holiday.

What does it mean, according to WTOP.com

An activist at Howard University in D.C. hopes that the recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday will require all people to recognize that the U.S. wrongfully enslaved people of African descent and prospered under the chattel-based system of slavery.

Congress approved a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday Wednesday following a 415-14 vote by the House. President Joe Biden signed it.

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Ravi Perry, chair of the political science department at Howard University, is not sure that the recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday is a “moment of celebration.”

“The holiday is certainly something to acknowledge; it’s not an insignificant step,” Perry said. “But it is important, I think, to recognize that not one Black person asked for a Juneteenth holiday.”

Juneteenth marks the date — June 19, 1865 — when all enslaved Black people in the U.S. learned they were free — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Click To Tweet

What can you do to support and honor the Juneteenth Holiday… buy Black. Read Black Books. Share Black Stories. Support Black organizations that are making a difference.

SEE VIDEO BELOW on some organizations to support.

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