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:
Celebrating #Juneteenth today – recognizing we’ve come a long way, but we still got a long way left to go.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 19, 2018
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) June 19, 2018
On #Juneteenth, we celebrate emancipation and remember the long struggle for freedom. The slaves in Galveston were not told they were free until 2 yrs after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. More than 150 yrs later, our work is far from finished to achieve equality for all. pic.twitter.com/QAvVZGTxH5
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 19, 2018
— Skylar Diggins-Smith (@SkyDigg4) June 19, 2018
On June 19, 1865, Texas slaveholders could no longer economically profit off of separating children from parents. On June 19, 2018, Trump Republicans are politically profiting off of separating children from their parents. Past-Present of #Juneteenth. Celebrate-Resist.
— Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) June 19, 2018
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 19, 2018
I reached back to find some hope today-my well is dry. I was led back to the tribute I gave to Kalief Browder a year ago today, on #Juneteenth.
How do you fight for freedom when it seems impossible? A question befitting today.
I share with you: https://t.co/b7NSlgW1yP
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) June 19, 2018
Voting w/ our youngest son for his 1st time was even more meaningful today b/c my late father was in the Navy in WWII & returned to Alabama where he as a Black man was not allowed to vote – denying him a basic tenet of the democracy he fought to defend overseas. #juneteenth pic.twitter.com/1RjIXtrIx9
— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) June 19, 2018
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) June 19, 2018
Happy Juneteenth! A Time To Reflect, Rejoice & Register To Vote. pic.twitter.com/T562sdc8VU
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) June 19, 2018
— COMMON (@common) June 19, 2018
— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) June 19, 2018
HAPPY JUNETEENTH 🍷🍰
— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) June 19, 2018
— Barack Obama (@BarackObamar) June 16, 2018
The 2018 #Juneteenth parade in Harlem. Juneteenth recognizes the day in June of 1865 when blacks in parts of the south received word that the Civil War was over and they were free from slavery. pic.twitter.com/8BYaiNvi1x
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 16, 2018
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.