June 19 2020 – Nife Yemi
Juneteenth is indeed a day to remember in the United States and around the world. Celebrated on June 19 every year, Juneteenth commemorates this day in 1865 when the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced in Texas two and half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which declared end of slavery in confederate south. Coming on the heels of the end of civil war on April 9, 1865, the announcement of this Executive Order of freedom was received by enslaved Blacks in Texas with jubilation. Being the last of enslaved Blacks in confederate south to be notified of their freedom, the formerly enslaved Blacks in Texas celebrated their freedom annually with festivities. While some of the festive activities captured the memories and experiences of life in enslavement, other activities reminded the freed Black men and women of the challenges still facing them and offered hope of overcoming them. Despite continued resistance from outside their community, the freed Blacks and their descendants sustained the memorial events for June 19 which gave rise to “Juneteenth” coinage.
Unbroken celebration of Juneteenth from the early days to modern times by successive generations of African Americans culminated in a 1980 declaration of Juneteenth as a state holiday in Texas. Later, other states made similar declaration. Globally, Juneteenth had since become a day to mark the end of slavery in the United States and to celebrate the culture and achievements of African Americans. As the oldest celebrated memorial day for ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth is regarded by some as the harbinger of subsequent demands and struggles by African Americans for integration and equality in the broader American society. There is no doubt that this year’s Juneteenth celebration will resonate with the current calls within and outside the United States for equal rights and justice for Black people in America and globally.
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