We here at Showit celebrate Juneteenth as a company and as individuals. So, if you were wondering, “how can I celebrate Juneteenth?” we are here to help!
We celebrate Juneteenth at Showit because it signifies a day this country moved closer to one of its most important aspirations: unity.
Of the many goals we have as a people, both in this company and as a country, a major one—and arguably the most important one—has always been to be united. So much so, the country was named after it (we also named a conference after it), and a pledge was written to reinforce it. You know how it goes, “…one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” It’s beautiful, and a goal the country is still aspiring to.
On January 1, 1863, then-president Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Emancipation Proclamation that pronounced “all persons held as slaves…are, and henceforward shall be free.” There were many who enjoyed its effect almost immediately and felt a new sense of life. They celebrated newfound freedom and were overjoyed to pursue happiness, love, and recreation in a way they never had before. But for many, many others, it took two and a half years before they even knew they were actually free.
Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) was the day federal troops made it to Galveston, Texas to ensure that all enslaved people were set free. It was on this day that all people celebrated; and therefore, on this day that we celebrate a moment in our nation's history when we as a people stepped that much closer to the ideal and identity upon which this country was founded: that we are united.
You can read more about the history behind Juneteenth over here.
Now that we know why we celebrate Juneteenth, how exactly do we (or should we) celebrate? Good question! Here’s an easy way to remember two ways to celebrate: enjoy and educate.
Juneteenth was not a memorial, it was a moment that we must commemorate yearly! We want to encourage you to celebrate that. And along the way, learn a thing or two, reflect and remember. Then celebrate some more because though our country has a long way to go, we have certainly come a long way.
Featured Photo Credit: Photo by Slim Emcee
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