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A guide to resources about Juneteenth.

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About Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.

Excerpt from

This Is Why Juneteenth Is Important for America

"Juneteenth isn't just an obscure black holiday. It should be an American celebration" (The Root, 3:32).

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Juneteenth 2020 Local & Online Events

Merced Black Alliance Juneteenth Celebration

Merced Black Alliance

The Merced Black Alliance is hosting "Juneteenth: Demonstration of Black Excellence" on Friday, June 19 at 7pm in front of the Merced County Courthouse Museum.

Movement for Black Lives

Movement for Black Lives

The Movement for Black Lives is hosting an event on Saturday, June 20 at 11am in front of of the Merced County Courthouse Museum.

Fresno Juneteenth Rally

Fresno Black Lives Matter

The Fresno Black Lives Matter chapter is hosting a peace rally on Friday, June 19 at 6pm at Cultural Arts District Park.

6 Black museums are joining forces to commemorate the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth.

View the full video on Friday, June 19th. Premiering at 9am PT | 11am CT | 12pm ET.

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