(2021) | Useful to all those who would celebrate this day and those who seek to understand what Juneteenth means to African Americans and to the nation as a whole.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. If you would like to learn more about why this day is celebrated every year and how, take 5 minutes and watch this poignant and joyful video, part of CPIR’s Talking about Race suite.

In 2021, Juneteenth will be observed and celebrated on June 19th, Saturday. Truth be told, it’s likely to be celebrated for the entire weekend! Everyone is welcome in the festivities, as you can see in the video above. So this Featured Resource, 19 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth, is full of suggestions and thought-provoking ways to commemorate the joy that African Americans experienced to know that slavery was ended and to carry that joy forward in positive action and commitment to achieving stable and just equity for all.

Enjoy the joy of freedom, and check out the many ways to celebrate this day of days in the lives of so many.