Juneteenth is the oldest celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
It was on June 19th, 1865 (two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was in effect) that the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. The celebration carries the connotation that until we’re all free, none of us are free.
Held annually by the the Pennsylvania Juneteenth Initiative, the Juneteenth Parade & Festival is not only a celebration of freedom, but culture as well.
On Saturday, June 22, 2019, thousands of people will come together to not only embrace both African & African-American history and culture, but to also continue the tradition of self empowerment and self determination.
Learn more here and save the date for June 22, 2019.