Celebrating Juneteenth with Trusted Health
On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth or June 19th officially became a federal holiday marking an important milestone for not only Black Americans, but American history. Although Juneteenth has been celebrated in African American culture for over a century, in recent years there has been broader acknowledgement in the day, allowing for a brief history and overview of this monumental recognition.
What is Juneteenth
Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States. On June 19th, 1865 in Galveston, Texas Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger, shared news with the General Orders No. 3 that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. This announcement came two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation (freeing every man, woman, and child enslaved in the rebel states) in 1863 and more than two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered in Virginia, ending the Civil War.
Why it is important
Juneteenth is the longest-running African American holiday and most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. Also known as Freedom Day, this day holds significance as one of reckoning for Black history; honoring the past, celebrating the present, and looking forward to the future.
Ways to Celebrate
Juneteenth is a day of pride and joy for Black history and culture commencing with traditions and events throughout the country. Black communities celebrate in a multitude of ways ranging from parades, festivals, markets, reunions, service, cookouts, concerts, prayer services, and education. This day is also used as a time to reflect, heal, connect, and advocate for future change.
Juneteenth is a reminder that social justice needs to continue to be fought for and Black history deserves to be acknowledged and shared throughout the year. At Trusted we will honor Juneteenth, as an official holiday and as we celebrate this year, let us commit to uplifting and pushing Black communities, culture, and legacy forward.