Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth: the History

Juneteenth began as a celebration of the end of slavery in Texas. As Historian Dr. Yohuru Williams points out in this video, it has also come to signify the power people have to make a difference.

Juneteenth: the Negro Spiritual

In June 2021, Juneteenth became a national holiday in the United States. It began in 1865 as a celebration of the end of slavery in Texas, but it's come to represent the end of slavery in the United States. Making Juneteenth a federal holiday is one step in reconciling America's history with enslaved people. The Negro spiritual played an important part in Juneteeth and the survival of the African American community. In this video, Heritage Ensemble Artistic Director Sharon Samuels Reed relays the importance of the Negro spiritual, its history, and its connection to Juneteenth.

Fix Me, Jesus performed by the Heritage Ensemble. Animation by Iyare Oronsaye.

Juneteenth: the Legacy

Juneteenth began in 1865 as a celebration of the end of slavery in Texas. What does Juneteenth, which is now a federal holiday, mean today? Historian Dr. Yohuru Williams, founder of the Racial Justice Initiative, believes Juneteenth is about agency and action, and still has incredible relevance.