Perhaps you've heard the term Juneteenth but don't know what it is and why it's important to Black Americans. To keep it short and sweet, the word Juneteenth is a combination of the words "June" and "nineteenth." Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Also important to know is that President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 but it took two and a half years for the message of freedom to reach slaves in Texas.
Read more about the history of Juneteenth at www.Juneteenth.com. If your community doesn't celebrate Juneteenth, perhaps you want to coordinate a celebration. It's an exccellent opportunity to reinforce pride, culture, education and community.