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MTV | Juneteenth Is Freedom Day

THIS IS A TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER, LOVE EACH OTHER, AND REVEL IN OUR FREEDOM

by MARCUS PATRICK ELLSWORTH | Source: MTV
6/19/2016

June 19 is Freedom Day, a day when many African-Americans celebrate our independence. Commonly known as Juneteenth, it’s the anniversary of the day when the last people of African descent in America were released from slavery in Galveston, Texas in 1865.

We don’t celebrate January 1, 1863, the day the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, because many black folks remained in chains for over two years. For black communities in Texas, when the last of us were truly released from bondage, Juneteenth instantly became a day of celebration. Over the years, it’s become a tradition throughout black America, marked by festivals, cookouts, parties, community events, and family reunions.

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