It is essential that we educate the next generation about all of American history - especially of those whose rights we are still fighting for to this day. Juneteenth is a national holiday that we celebrate on June 19th which commemorates the liberation of those who were enslaved in our country. It marks the day in 1865 that the Union General Gordon Granger traveled to Galveston, Texas to inform African Americans that the Civil War was over and that they were free.
The past few years have highlighted the difficulties and struggles of our African American counterparts. Although Juneteenth is a momentous milestone in our history, systemic racism is alive and present in our world today.
As allies, there are ways we can support our African American friends, family, neighbors, and peers. Our support should not be limited to just one day but should be continuous.
One way we can demonstrate our support is by directly supporting their businesses. You can spend the holiday by shopping and dining in local black-owned shops.
Teach Our Kids About Juneteenth and All Black history
Everything we have learned in school is very Euro-centric so we have to take the initiative to learn all of the missing pieces and pass on their stories.
Elevate Black Voices
We can take part in making a difference. We need to stand up for the African Americans in our communities and make sure that their voice is heard. We can be part of the change by speaking up and voting.
We've come a long way as people - but we still have a ways to go.