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Juneteenth: Ways to celebrate

Juneteenth (short for June 19), also known as Emancipation Day or Black Independence Day, commemorates the ending of slavery in the U.S. It is recognized in many states as a state holiday and special day of observance to celebrate African-American freedom, culture and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

Here are a few ways you can honor Juneteenth:

Learn about—and support—policies, new ventures, and organizations that promote and protect the freedom and civil rights of everyone. For example, volunteer for an organization or donate to groups dedicated to this mission.

Participate in Juneteenth events in your community. Attend Juneteenth free lectures and discussions sponsored by your local library or university.

Seek to understand the culture and history of slavery and emancipation. Tour historical sites that honor the abolishment of slavery and cultural institutions dedicated to creating awareness for racial equity.

Deepen understanding and show support. Read historic and contemporary books written by Black authors and poets, listen to Black artists, and watch Black shows and movies.

Frequent Black-owned businesses:

Find books to help your kids celebrate Juneteenth:

For more information about the history of Juneteenth and ways to celebrate, visit: