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Understanding Juneteenth

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Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In 1980, Juneteenth became a Texas state holiday and, with our roots in Texas, LiveArea is proud to commemorate the occasion.

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that enslaved African Americans were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. This week, Congress passed legislation establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, now a U.S. federal holiday. President Joe Biden signed into law the legislation two days before the holiday.

How far we have come, how far we must go.

Juneteenth is an occasion honored with reverence for those who were enslaved, and for their descendants who still fight for equality, even today. In addition, it provides an opportunity for all of us to learn more about significant contributions of African Americans including history, culture, arts, and music.

As we aspire to bring change, equality, and humanity into the workplace, we must educate ourselves and learn more about the experiences of others. Empathy is a powerful change agent. With this in mind, please take this opportunity to learn more about this holiday through the links below, which that offer insight into this important part of African American history.

Read: So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth; Here’s What White Allyship Looks Like

Support: 180 Black-Owned Businesses to Support

Happy Juneteenth, y’all!

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Torreon Anderson is an email deployment analyst in Performance Marketing for LiveArea.

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