The Juneteenth celebration is the one of the most important holidays for African Americans. It’s a time when they can gather to talk about their history and community. For many, Juneteenth will be the first holiday they go to since being free. A historic day where they can celebrate the birth of their great nation.
The Juneteenth celebration is a celebration of the history of the slaves and the reason they were forced into slavery in the year 1820. There are several events that take place on this day that is actually related to the holiday. One of those events is a parade. The parade goes through several cities before it gets to its destination at the capitol building in Charleston. Here you’ll find a reunion of family members who have long been divided by the slave trade.
The first part of the historical Juneteenth colors is the first gathering to officially free the slaves after the revolution. Many children participate in the historic event as the guests look for the fabled Juneteenth berries. At the end of the parade, the Juneteenth colors are seen being paraded in front of the house of representatives of the various states in celebration of slavery. To recognize juneteenth, there are several official national holidays for the day. The first of those being Juneteenth resolution day.
The second part of Juneteenth colors is the celebration of freedom and the national holiday of Juneteenth. The “abolition day” is also celebrated with special parades, workshops, lectures, and street celebrations. The main event of Juneteenth resolution day is the firing of the first shot heard from the cannons at the beginning of the American Revolution. The Juneteenth resolution also recognizes the many years of contributions to the blacks made to the United States.
- “Won’t it be wonderful when Black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.” — Maya Angelou
- “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” – Abraham Lincoln.
- “Anytime anyone is enslaved, or in any way deprived of his liberty, if that person is a human being, as far as I am concerned he is justified to resort to whatever methods necessary to bring about his liberty again.” — Malcolm X
- “Where annual elections end where slavery begins.” – John Quincy Adams.
- “I knew then and I know now, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it.” — Claudette Colvin
- “We all require and want respect, man or woman, Black or white. It’s our basic human right.” — Aretha Franklin
Quotes on Juneteenth Day
- “I find freedom sexy. I find freedom so sexy, I can’t even explain it to you. You wake up every day and feel like you can do anything.” — Prince
- “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”- Coretta Scott King, human rights activist and leader
- “Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.” – Al Edwards, Texas Democratic Representative
- “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” – Frederick Douglas.
Juneteenth Quotes by Ralph Ellison
- “Words of Emancipation didn’t arrive until the middle of June so they called it Juneteenth. So that was it, the night of Juneteenth celebration,his mind went on. The celebration of a gaudy illusion.” ― Ralph Ellison
- “Nothing ever stops; it divides and multiplies, and I guess sometimes it gets ground down superfine, but it doesn’t just blow away.” ― Ralph Ellison
13 “God is love, I said, but art’s the possibility of forms, and shadows are the source of identity.” ― Ralph Ellison
- “Do not be silent; there is no limit to the power that may be released through you.” ― Howard Thurman
The third part of Juneteenth colors is the celebration of “the greatest achievement in the history of the slave trade.” This part is focused on the start of the Civil War. The Freed slaves created a very influential role in the shaping of America. In addition to seeing the slaves free, they also helped to shape the future US economy and government structure. They were an important force in the later Civil War and the US was able to defeat the slave trade because of their combined strength.
A.M. Day became an annual event because of the success of the civil rights movement. The official holiday of A.M. takes place on the first Sunday in May, the day after the traditional Memorial Day weekend.