Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, is the oldest celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. It was first celebrated in 1865 and received long-overdue recognition as a federal holiday on June 18, 2021.

For me, it is a time to educate myself on Black history and support Black-owned businesses and creators. I read embracerace.org. Their mission, Let’s Raise a Generation of Children Who Are Thoughtful, Informed, and Brave About Race.

Today, Juneteenth is a powerful reminder of the importance of freedom and specifically focuses on our Black sisters and brothers in the United States of America.

“We are all one—and if we don’t know it, we will learn it the hard way.”
– Bayard Rustin

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