Tell me what you know about Juneteenth, Juneteenth.
The party America ignored for over a century is now federally recognized. June Independence Day, also known as Jubilee Day, also known as “not July 4th,” has been a tradition fueled by blacks for over 150 years and has left an indelible mark. in the community. Since the 2020 festivities came in the wake of such destructive and visceral attacks on black lives, current and future celebrations have taken on new significance in almost every major city in the country.
Every day black people fight for equality and justice for themselves and for the community. Juneteenth is an opportunity to revel in this civil rebellion with joy, family and beautiful stories passed on to the next generation. But there have been concerns that big brands and businesses could possibly co-opt the holidays, turning them into a cheap marketed date. Also, the irony of the nationalization of Juneteenth when prevent schools from teaching slavery and Project 1619 is not lost.
We all need to work to maintain the true essence of the party as it makes its way to mainstream America. Below, we’ve put together an overview of Juneteenth’s historical and cultural significance, and we’ve outlined the efforts that have helped it finally become a federal holiday.