America Is Celebrating Its New Federal Holiday Juneteenth; An Important Event For African Americans

 

 

The latest addition to the American Federal Holiday, Juneteenth will be celebrated by the country on June 19th. Joe Biden, President of the United States and Vice President Kamala Harris declared the day a federal holiday.

What is Juneteenth?

For a very long period, America has witnessed slavery and the oppression which came with it. Back in the 1600s, some of the European colonists forcibly brought Africans to American land which was a British Colony then. More than millions of African citizens were inbounded to live as slaves to English people until the 13th Amendment which was passed in 1865.

June 19th marks the day when enslaved Black Americans were freed from years of bondage. Major General Gordon Granger reached Galveston in Texas on this day and announced: “All slaves are free.” It was two years after the declaration of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that had freed slaves in the Southern part of the country.

Juneteenth celebrations are pretty much like every American Holiday, but this involves much more reminiscing about black culture through readings, group meetings, church choir and many more cultural events.

Joe Biden, who will go down in the history to be remembered as the President who declared this historical holiday. During the signing event, Biden said, “I’ve only been president for several months, but I think this will go down, for me, as one of the greatest honours I will have had as president”.

The event is considered one of the most historical moments in black American history. Retrospect of the ‘Black Lives Matter Movement, the new federal holiday is a big step towards an equal America.

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