Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States—two years *after* the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. In 1865, more than 250,000 people were still enslaved in Texas. On June 19, Union troops rode into Galveston to issue the proclamation that all enslaved people were free.
People in the United States are not free, however, if they cannot walk, jog, sleep, or breathe freely because they are Black. If we stand for freedom, we must defend Black lives and we must take action. Below, are some of the ways we are celebrating Juneteenth: through education, joining events, and finding meaningful ways to take action. 💛 Learn more about Juneteenth from Teen Vogue: https://www.teenvogue.com/…/juneteenth-celebration-meaning-… 💛 Check out these videos of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture from their new Talking About Race campaign: https://nmaahc.si.edu/…/national-museum-african-american-hi… 💛 Today is a good day to hear from Kimberlé Crenshaw, the woman who coined the phrase “intersectionality”: https://aapf.org/all-episodes 💛 And here is a larger round-up of information and ways to help: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#educate Let us know how you’re celebrating and taking action today. We wish you peace and safety this #Juneteenth.