Juneteenth is a day for African Americans to celebrate their culture and history, as well as a day for non-African Americans to learn more about this pivotal day in American history, such as why it took over two years for the news to reach Texas and how freed slaves were treated as a result. Above all, it's a day for self-reflection and comprehending the truths of the past as well as the realities of the present. Here are some suggestions on how to spend your Juneteenth.
1. Learn the full history
The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times. Although June 19, 1865, marks Juneteenth, the end of slavery was not so straightforward. That is why it is critical to begin by educating yourself and others about the complete history of Juneteenth and the events that led up to it.
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Attending parades and hosting a barbecue, It's a celebration of freedom. It's a celebration of what we've overcome. Just indulge yourself in the joy of that. There's no wrong way to celebrate. Traditions include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs, and reading of works by noted African American writers. Celebrations can also take the form of rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties, historical reenactments, and Miss Juneteenth contests. Red is the color associated with the holiday, as it symbolizes sacrifice and transition.
3. Support Black-owned businesses
Any product or service you need can be found and purchased through a Black-owned business. Find a local Black-owned business and make a purchase to help stimulate their business, close the racial wealth gap, strengthen local economies, and foster job creation.
4. Acknowledge and spread the word
Educating yourself about Juneteenth is just the first step; it's also important to spread the word and educate others. Be intentional about having open conversations about Black history and pushing for actions through her advocacy for Black youth.
5. Donate to supportive organizations
One way to celebrate Juneteenth is by donating to organizations that support Black communities. Find organizations that resonate with your beliefs or support causes you are passionate about. Many organizations are working to change the socio-economic state in black communities and can use your resources to further their mission.
6. Attend Juneteenth events
Several cities have robust offerings for the holiday, both online and virtually. The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., has a full lineup of digital resources to mark the holiday, including musical performances, lectures, and a guide to researching ancestors. Juneteenth NY will host a three-day, online and in-person Juneteenth summit featuring performances, a parade, and lectures.
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