WHAT IS JUNETEENTH AND WHY IS IT CELEBRATED

Juneteenth is met with a mixture of joy and pain for many. Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of enslaved Black people at the end of the Civil War. The word itself is a mix of “June” and “nineteenth”. Now recognized as a federal holiday, the significance of Juneteenth continues to integrate into the lives of Americans in a variety of ways.

Credit: Toyin Ojih Odutola, “First Night at Boarding School” Whitney Museum of American Art

THE HISTORY OF THE JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY

JUNETEENTH IS RECOGNIZED AS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY

HOW WILL JUNETEENTH BE CELEBRATED THIS YEAR?

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