Saturday, June 18, 2022


Juneteenth is a holiday that gives kids the chance to reflect on the contributions of Black Americans. It is short for June Nineteenth and it marks when federal troops arrived in Texas in 1865 to take control and ensure that enslaved people were freed. The day is also called Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, and America’s Second Independence Day.

Juneteenth offers kids a chance to explore the continued struggles that faced Black Americans even after slavery was formally abolished in the U.S. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln but slavery was relatively unaffected in Texas. Two and a half years after the proclamation all slaves were finally free.

It is vital to let kids explore unflattering aspects of our country’s past. This is a step towards creating a more equal society. The history of people of color is often limited in history books and by exploring and celebrating Juneteenth we provide kids with an opportunity to reflect on the contributions made by Black Americans. 

The first Juneteenth was celebrated in 1866 and since then this date has had different meanings to members of the Black community. Today,  it can be observed by people of all ethical and racial backgrounds and it is an important stepping stone to freedom for all African descendants and even non-black people of color. A way to honor African American history, culture, and progress. 

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Have a great day!


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