With the school year coming to a close, it is important to remember that cultural competence does not end once you leave Missouri State. There are many historical and cultural events that take place during the summer which means our passions for diversity and inclusion do not need to come to complete stop until August. For example, one historical day that takes place during the summer is the holiday known as Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. This holiday commemorates the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. Also referred to as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, the Juneteenth celebration takes place every year on June 19, as that was the day that slavery was officially abolished in 1865.
Over the summer there will be many cities across the United States, including many in Missouri, that will have events celebrating this historical moment in America’s history. Be sure to check out what’s happening in your city to learn more about the history of the Juneteenth celebration! Included below is a video from Inside Edition that showcases the history behind Juneteenth.