GIVE 19% ON JUNE 19TH
Make it more than a paid holiday
Lermanos, join us in donating 19% of our daily earnings (or any amount) to help fight racial and economic injustice. Getting Juneteenth off is a huge step in the right direction, but we can do more. All contributions will go to Equal Justice Initiative. They address criminal justice reform, racial justice, public education, and memorials. Find out more about their programs here.
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On June 19, 1865, Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He announced that enslaved African-Americans were free and the Civil War had ended. This happened roughly two months after the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered. The holiday is sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day,” or “Emancipation Day.”
In 1980, Texas became the first state to mark Juneteenth as a holiday. Unfortunately, it is still not recognized as a national holiday, but there are multiple online petitions calling to change that.
How to honor the holiday
Celebrations include parades, festivals, food, musical performances, and gathering with friends and family. Things will be different this year because of COVID-19, but it’s still a day for everyone to acknowledge the rapid pace of change that’s been occurring over the past few weeks and plan for a more just future.