The House voted overwhelmingly this past week to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. And soon after the preside signed the bill into law.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery. It’s also known as Emancipation Day, Jubilee Day, and Juneteenth Independence Day.
On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas. He informed enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended.
This day has been celebrated by some African-Americans since the late 1800s. Now that it’s a federal holiday, I hope many more of us participate in the recognition of when a dark time in our country’s history ended.
If you are not a part of the Black community, this observance would be a good time to lament this nation’s mistreatment of Black people and serve Black communities. Maybe it’s even a good time to expand your library or your social media following to include more people unlike yourself.
How to Celebrate in Albuquerque
You can spend a weekend celebrating the deep-rooted Black culture in New Mexico by attending New Mexico Juneteenth 2021: “To a Higher Ground.” This free event in Civic Plaza runs from June 18-June 20. It includes Black-owned businesses, artisans, vendors, performers, live music, food, dancing, and a host of other entertainment aspects.
Round-Up of Resources & Articles
The Right Time to Talk about Juneteenth with Kids by Collin County Moms.
What You Should Know About Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom by Dallas Moms.
BBQ, Strawberry Soda, and Celebrating Juneteenth by Memphis Mom Collective.
Liberty and Justice for All: Why Should I Care About Juneteenth? by Miami Mom Collective.
Juneteenth: A White Mom’s Primer by Oklahoma City Mom.
Everything You Need To Know About Juneteenth by Orange County Mom Collective.
Celebrating Juneteenth by Alamo City Moms.
How to Prepare Your Family for Juneteenth Celebrations — And Why You Should by Fort Worth Moms.
Juneteenth: It’s Importance to Black History & How We Celebrate It by Twin Cities Mom Collective.