WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
Juneteenth sometimes referred to as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, marks the end of slavery against African-Americans in the United States. One of the most significant days in American Black history is this one.
As Juneteenth 2022 approaches quickly, we address frequently asked questions about the occasion and look into its past.
Thus, the name, June 19! Juneteenth is the result of June 19. Since 1879, people have observed Juneteenth, a holiday with Texas roots. President Biden declared it a federal holiday the previous year (2021).
The American flag’s colors and two stars in the center make up the official Juneteenth flag (right). The five-pointed star symbolizes both Texas (as the Lone Star State) and the freedom of all 50 states’ enslaved citizens. The larger star surrounding it represents a fresh start for African Americans. The date June 19, 1865, was put in white writing on the right side of the flag in 2007. The Pan-African flag is also frequently used to symbolize Juneteenth.
MEANING OF JUNETEENTH TODAY
The day that Texan slaves learned of their freedom is still remembered on this holiday, but in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery as well as the victims of the more recent shooting in Buffalo, Juneteenth has gained additional meaning.
It has always been a time to remember those who battled for Black freedom and rights and to celebrate life and Black culture with family and friends in their Texas Apartment and anywhere, but now more than ever it is also a moment for introspection to assess our progress and our remaining distance to travel.
Black people are still being impacted by the effects of systemic and historical racism today. The poverty gap is one area where it is evident. Black Americans were more than twice as likely as white Americans to be living in poverty in the United States in 2021.
HOW TO CELEBRATE IT?
Knowing about Black history is crucial for ensuring a more balanced future, regardless of skin color. Additionally, the more you are aware of other people’s difficulties, the more effective an ally you may be for them.
The simplest way to demonstrate your support for Juneteenth this year is to educate yourself on both the occasion and Black history. Supporting Black artists and buying from Black-owned companies is another useful action you can do. Additionally, you could give to organizations and charities that assist Black communities.
On this historic day, we reflect on our country, its treatment of Black, Brown, and Native American peoples, and how UC values can help us navigate the future. We must continue to consider how our institutions and culture treat people of color, religious minorities, the LGBTQ+ community, and all those who do not conform to dominant cultural norms. At the end of the day, we should respect and love one another as we are all equal in our creators’ eyes.