Target, Nike, Google, Twitter, Lyft, and other billion dollar companies are recognizing Juneteenth as a paid holiday. On the other hand, why hasn’t America praised Juneteenth as much as the Fourth of July?
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This order, that Gordon Granger read in 1865, was a pivotal moment in History.
Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday that celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States. Texas, a Southern State, had over 250,000 slaves when the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted. Juneteenth is highly celebrated in Texas, but surprisingly not in other states in America. Many American’s do not know about Juneteenth because it is hidden from our textbooks and minds.
Ways To Celebrate Juneteenth
The best way to celebrate Juneteenth is by educating people around you the importance of this national holiday. Telling your friends, family members, and other peers about Juneteenth is very important of keeping black history alive.
Many popular Juneteenth activities include barbecuing, fishing, and rodeos.
“Juneteenth almost always focused on education and self improvement”-Juneteenth.com.
Certain foods like pork and lamb became very popular once slaves were freed. These foods were not available on a daily basis, so they became foods for special occasions.