Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed.
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth marks an effective end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. — History.com
In 2012, Alabama became the 40th state to observe Juneteenth through the passage of legislation sponsored by State Sen. Hank Sanders. Juneteenth, or June 19, was first recognized by Congress as Juneteenth Independence Day in 1997.
On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation into law establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a U.S. federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
The UA Black Faculty and Staff Association will have a virtual Juneteenth observance on June 10 and June 14 on Facebook Live. Presenters will be Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, who will give a presentation on Re-Envisioning Freedom through Afro-futurism; Dr. Cynthia Gooch Grayson, who will present Juneteenth & Genealogy: The Exploration of the Black Family; Marvin E. Adams, UA student poet; and Opal Lee, Juneteenth activist and advocate who was instrumental in getting Juneteenth recognized in 47 States. For more information, visit the BFSA event page on Facebook.
The Juneteenth Foundation, a 501(C)3 organization founded by professionals championing the celebration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday, will host its virtual Freedom Festival, which includes panel discussions, a career fair and a concert the weekend of June 18-19.