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The Beginner’s Guide To Celebrating Juneteenth

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Opal Lee sits in a rocking chair while waiting to give interviews on the porch of her new home in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 14, 2024. Habitat for Humanity built Lee the home on the same lot where as a child a white mob destroyed her family’s home driving them away. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  Here in Texas and across the Dallas Fort Worth area we have always celebrated Juneteenth. If you haven’t celebrated Juneteenth, you’re in luck. Here’s a guide to celebrating the now-national holiday made possible by Dr. Opal Lee of Fort Worth.  Juneteenth, a holiday sacred to many of us in the Black community, commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom two years after the rest of the country.  Since becoming a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth has gained broader recognition. Various celebrations include Opal’s Walk For Freedom at Fair Park, numerous street festivals, concerts, and community service activities. Even The White House held a Juneteenth celebration. People are encouraged to observe the occasion in ways that resonate with them, whether through festive gatherings, educational panels, or personal reflection. Many people in the South have celebrated Juneteenth with cookouts, volunteer work, and time with family and friends.

 

 

 


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