Every year on June 19, Black Americans celebrate Juneteenth because it is the day when many enslaved people in Texas finally received word that they had been freed.
It is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. As you are probably aware by now, President Biden just signed into law a declaration of June 19th as a new federal holiday. We hope you enjoy the many celebrations occurring around the state this weekend and join us in recognizing this day.
CLC has put together a flyer on the history of Juneteenth. We also encourage you to expand your learning on the history of Juneteenth. Please consider visiting the The National Museum of African American History and Culture to learn more about holiday. You can visit their virtual online exhibit here.
Check out ways you can celebrate Juneteenth in your communities:
Los Angeles celebrations:
- Juneteenth in Southern California: Celebrate with these arts and culture events!
- Here are 25 Juneteenth events happening around L.A.