Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States
From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week,
and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family
gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment,
self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of
maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all
races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in
our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the
conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting
improvements in our society.
The celebrations that followed the reading of the proclamation by General Gordon Granger began a tradition that has lasted for over one hundred and forty years, and today is hosted in cities across America and beyond. The JUNETEENTH.com website is dedicated to this celebration and to those who tirelessly contribute to its continued existence and growth. For information regarding this website, contact us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: JUNETEENTH.com, POB 870488, New Orleans, Louisiana 70187, or call: 504 644-4691
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