Juneteenth is an American holiday that is recognized by 45 states but isn’t widely celebrated. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the “south” or Confederacy. The name was established based on the date that the American military in Galveston delivered news of the emancipation proclamation to the state of Texas on June 19, 1865.

The emancipation proclamation was given in 1863 by executive order of President Lincoln. Still , slaves in Texas weren’t made aware of their freedom until Juneteenth, two years later. It still took an additional 6 months for slavery to be ended officially in our nation by ratifying the 13th amendment to the constitution on December 6, 1865 but June 19th has been set aside as the date of observation.

It is great to celebrate the independence of our country on the 4th of July, but let’s not forget to acknowledge and celebrate those who helped to build as well as fought for this nation by FORCE.

Let’s celebrate freedom of people of all colors and walks of life. Celebrate America truly being the land of the free. Celebrate the beauty of freedom. Celebrate Juneteenth.