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Juneteenth – a day of recognition


Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday celebrated in the United States on June 19.

It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and marks the day when the news of their freedom reached the state of Texas in 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all enslaved people in Confederate territory were to be freed. However, due to the lack of Union troops and effective enforcement, it took time for the news to reach all parts of the country. It was not until June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of slavery, that many enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom.

Juneteenth celebrations often include community gatherings, parades, music, food, and various cultural activities. It is a time to reflect on the history of slavery, honor the struggles and achievements of African Americans, and promote unity and progress. The holiday provides an opportunity to educate people about the legacy of slavery and the ongoing fight for equality and social justice.

At Citizen Advocates, we pride ourselves on being an agent of change, and do this by creating an inclusive and equitable workplace culture.  Every employee completes training on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging that includes practical skills for overcoming conscious and unconscious bias.

On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth was officially designated as a federal holiday after the passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. This historic recognition signifies the importance of Juneteenth in American history and its significance in the ongoing pursuit of racial equality.

We encourage community members to attend a Juneteenth event taking place where they live, and other activities that raise awareness and celebrate equality.