Juneteenth; What You And Your Teens Need to Know

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In recent weeks, you’ve likely been hearing about a Black holiday called Juneteenth. This celebration has been around for almost 200 years, and gains more and more attention every year.

A lot of Black people treat it as our version of the 4th of July; our day to celebrate freedom. But there are still plenty of people who have no idea what the day is, especially because it’s not often taught in schools. If you’re not sure what Juneteenth is, or are looking for a good way to explain it, look no further.

Juneteenth is a testament to the strength and resilience of Black Americans. (Twenty20 @wendy.floyd)

What is Juneteenth?

Some people say that Juneteenth is the day slavery officially ended in the United States. But that’s not exactly true. Slavery officially ended on January 1,1863 when President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect. On June 19, 1865, slaves in…

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