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What is Juneteenth and why is it celebrated? Why is it important to African-American?

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Juneteenth 2022 holiday marks the anniversary of the announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas. Originating in Galveston, the holiday has since been […]

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Should my brand post about Juneteenth?

Brands can educate their community on Juneteenth by posting educational tweets, stories, reels, or an Instagram carousel post in which your brand shares more information about the holiday and its importance. Brands should not be using Juneteenth as a way to increase sales. Do companies have to honor Juneteenth? NEW YORK — As the U.S. […]

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What can I say instead of Happy Juneteenth?

The easiest way to wish someone a Happy Juneteenth is by messaging them and wishing them a fulfilled day. Similar to Black History Month, and other important anniversaries to Black Americans, it is important to acknowledge it as an American holiday, even if you do not celebrate it. What do you say to someone in […]

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Why is Juneteenth celebrated?

The date, June 19, Juneteenth, 1865, refers to the day when enslaved African Americans learned of their emancipation. The star represents Texas, the Lone Star State, as well as the freedom of African Americans in all 50 states. What are the colors of Juneteenth? The Juneteenth colors of red, white, and blue echo the iconic […]

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Who started calling it Juneteenth?

Blacks began using the word Juneteenth for Jubilee Day early in the 1890s. The Current Issue, a Texas periodical, used the word as early as 1909, and that year a book on San Antonio remarked, with condescension, on “June ‘teenth’”. When did they start calling Juneteenth? Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some […]

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Why is it called Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is a portmanteau of two words — June and nineteenth. It refers to June 19, 1865, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and the day that troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to free those who were still enslaved there. How did Juneteenth get its name? Juneteenth gets its name by combining both “June” […]

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Why Do We Celebrate Juneteenth? Columbians Share the History and How They Observe the Day

For many, especially in the southern United States and particularly in Texas, Juneteenth has been an emancipation celebration observed for generations. It commemorates the announcement of General Order No. 3, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. That day was when every enslaved person in the U.S. finally knew that they were […]