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Black Celebrities Share the Importance of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated by Black Americans on June 19 commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States on that date in 1865.  Many African-Americans view the day as their rightful Independence Day over the national holiday on July 4, throwing parades and events . Many Black politicians and entertainers flocked to their social media platforms to spread awareness of the day and to honor how far we’ve come since the days of slavery.

Scroll through the figures who commemorated Juneteenth below:

Cory Booker

Charles M. Blow

Kamala Harris

Skylar Diggins-Smith

Ibram X. Kendi

Shonda Rhimes

Brittany Packnett

Charlamagne

Michele Norris

D.L. Hughley

RuPaul

Common

Bernice King

Lizzo

Barack Obama

Keith Boykin

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