Google Doodle today celebrates Juneteenth but do you know why Juneteenth? and what is the importance of Juneteenth? Here we will know Everything about it.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a commemoration of June 19, 1865 when the Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, issued a General Order No.3 proclaiming that the enslaved African Americans were free.
The order stated that “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”
What began as an informal celebration of freedom by locals in Galveston eventually grew into a wider commemoration of the end of slavery.
The federal holiday is observed not just by banks but also by most schools and colleges such as Columbia University, Harvard University. Most federal offices will also remain closed.
As we recognize Juneteenth and the progress we’ve made since slavery, we must also double down on our efforts to root out systemic racism. We have to make sure we’re working to move closer to that more perfect union, to the idea of America that has inspired so many generations.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 19, 2019
A twitter user understood Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday by quoted Malcom X “the white man will try to satisfy us with symbolic victories rather than economic equity and real justice.”
While another user pointed out “You can keep fighting for substantive change and not feel appeased by the Juneteenth holiday, but you should also understand that Black people have been advocating for this holiday for decades.”
Why Juneteenth is So Important?
The topic of Juneteenth is significant to us as it’s an important moment for our African American struggle for liberation. The message our forefathers received more than 157 years ago was the primary catalyst for thinking about the meaning of freedom for our current society as a whole.
This is a unique celebration because it brings an opportunity for change that was made available to group of people who had been bound by chains.
Juneteenth: Juneteenth holiday in USA
Furthemore, banks such as Truist Bank, Wells Fargo will also be closed. TD Bank will be closed on Sunday, June 19 and open on Monday, June 20.
Banks such as Bank of America, Capital One Bank, Chase, Citibank, PNC Bank, Santander Bank are going to be closed on Juneteenth.
This is due to the fact that US President Joe Biden in 2021 signed a legislation that made Juneteenth a federal holiday.
Juneteenth also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, and Emancipation Day- commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
The Black Lives Matter movement propelled Juneteenth into the national spotlight, building on a decades-long push by activists and leaders to get recognition for the landmark occasion of Juneteenth.
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