Juneteenth is a significant holiday for the United States as it honors the day everyone was liberated from slavery. Until now, however, it has largely been celebrated by Black Americans. The mass global protests over George Floyd’s murder have reignited the call to recognize June 19th as a nationwide public holiday to mark the offical emancipation of African Americans from slavery, a call rooted in the larger movement for racial justice and reconciliation in America. More American companies such as Nike, Target, and Twitter are joining a growing list to make Juneteenth a paid company holiday. And just this week, the state of New York issued an Executive Order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees. As the movement grows, it’s important to understand the history of Juneteenth and what it has meant for Black Americans to…

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