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Africana Studies

What is Juneteenth?



"Juneteenth is a festival held in many African American and other communities to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The name of the festival refers to June 19. Juneteenth festivities often include plays and storytelling, parades, and family reunions. Some communities hold longer Juneteenth festivals, spanning several days, as a celebration of civil rights and freedom. Juneteenth has been a legal holiday in Texas since 1980."  (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. 2018, 1p.)

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Virtual Juneteenth Celebrations

Due to health concerns, most in-person Juneteenth events have been canceled. Virtual celebrations you can attend include: