Juneteenth: A celebration of freedom

June 19, 1865, marks the day when Union General Gordon Granger led his troops into Galveston, Texas, and delivered General Order No. 3, officially declaring that all slaves in Texas were free. This day, known as Juneteenth, has been celebrated annually in the United States as the commemoration of African American freedom.

Shari Baber, a community leader, shares what to expect during the Juneteenth celebration week and how you can participate.

The week leading up to Juneteenth is filled with events that honor the day's significance. Communities across the country hold various activities such as parades, music festivals, and cookouts. On June 19th, the day of the official celebration, attendees gather to reflect on the history of slavery in America and celebrate the progress made towards equity.

Baber says, "Juneteenth is a day to remember the past, celebrate the present, and hope for a better future." She encourages people to participate in the celebration to not only learn about the positive changes the community has made but to also understand the systemic and institutional obstacles that still exist in the country.

If you're interested in participating in Juneteenth