Juneteenth is a holiday, which commemorates the official end of slavery. On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Texas, with news that the war ended and all slaves were to be freed. Two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was made official, but had little effect on Texas because of a minimal number of Union soldiers, there to enforce the new Executive Order. Juneteenth symbolizes total freedom for all slaves, including the slaves in Texas. Today, Juneteenth holds so much more significance and meaning because of past and current world events.
The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmad Arbery, Breonna Tayler, Sandra Bland, Patrick Lyoya and so many others emphasize two points: First, they shine a light on the struggles and oppression that African Americans still face in America every day, despite all the progress and achievements made since the Jim Crow era. Lastly, these tragic events reignited the Black Lives Matter moment, which re-emphasized the important role and power we, the people, have in advocating and invoking change. We have power. Most times we are unaware of the true power and influence that we possess.
Today, as we honor Juneteenth, use this day to not only celebrate but also to reflect and ponder the different ways you can invoke change and make a difference around you.
Juneteenth Business Expo 2022
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Juneteenth this year, participate in our 2022 Juneteenth Business Expo. The purpose of the expo is to not only celebrate Juneteenth but also to support black businesses. The virtual expo, which features a catalog of products from our vendors priced at $18.65, will close today at 11:59 CST for customers.