The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn’t

Why We Need to Celebrate Juneteenth

Slate's Jamelle Bouie on why this holiday needs more attention

by Slate, June 20, 2014

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The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn’t

The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn’t

America needs to pay more attention to Juneteenth.

Insofar that modern Americans celebrate the past, it’s to honor the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation or to celebrate the vision of the Founders. Both periods are worthy of the attention. But I think we owe more to emancipation and the Civil War. If we inaugurated freedom with our nation’s founding and defended it with World War II, we actualized it with the Civil War. Indeed, our struggle against slave power marks the real beginning of our commitment to liberty and equality, in word, if not always in deed.

 
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