The final event in our series, An Intergenerational Dialogue on Racial Justice, will focus on the importance and significance of June 19, 1865, the date when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told -- two months after the Civil War ended -- that they were free.
Juneteenth began as a celebration of freedom in Galveston, when formerly enslaved Texans started a tradition of community events. Juneteenth then became a time when Black Americans in communities across the country came together to celebrate and embrace their ancestors, reflect upon the past and move forward in unity.
Today Juneteenth is a time when people of all backgrounds come together to reflect on the meaning of our shared history and the truth about our nation. There is no single way to acknowledge and recognize Juneteenth, but through celebrating this day (now recognized as a holiday in several states and many workplaces), we bring into focus the work that we have done together and the work that we have yet to do in our fight for racial justice.
Join Encore.org and My Life, My Stories as we hear from three storytellers who will offer different generational and regional perspectives on the meaning and observance of Juneteenth. By exploring the personal stories of Amber, Karimah, and Adell as well as a moving performance by Katherine, we hope to inspire you to pause for celebration while continuing the fight to overcome systemic racism in America
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