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Celebrating Juneteenth and Understanding the Holiday’s Significance

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This week, we invite you to join Families as Allies in celebrating Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day,” “Black Independence Day,” and many other names.

On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Black people in Texas were finally informed of their freedom. Since that time, Juneteenth has grown in significance, and we celebrate it today for its message of liberation, resilience, and empowerment.

In 2021, President Biden signed a bill that Congress had passed making Juneteenth an official federal holiday. We think it’s important to recognize Juneteenth as a moment for reflection, education, and community solidarity and to recognize the collective human trauma felt by so many people worldwide. We encourage you to read Isabel-Kai Fisher’s detailed account of Juneteenth to deepen your understanding of this pivotal day in American history.

Celebrating Juneteenth means more than just sharing a meal or attending a parade; it involves active participation in the fight against discrimination and promoting Black mental health. This holiday is an opportunity to amplify Black voices, support Black-owned enterprises, and educate ourselves on the persistent systemic challenges.

Please read the full story here and join us in making Juneteenth a meaningful celebration for everyone.

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