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Juneteenth 2022: Jubilation, restoration and pride

Across the country, celebrations are being held to honor Juneteenth, the oldest national commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.

Now a federally recognized holiday, ‘Juneteenth National Independence Day’ marks the date when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned that the Civil War had ended and that they were free. Texas was the last state in the Confederacy to disavow institutional slavery, and this news arrived on June 19, 1865 — a full 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Juneteenth has long been a significant day of celebration, joy and rest for Black and African American people, but there was far less interest and participation from White and non-Black people of color in the U.S. until recent years. Today, more widespread acknowledgment of Juneteenth marks a shift in culture as more people work to address anti-Black racism in America. Yet this recent rise in popularity brings with it attempts to dilute the significance of radical Black history and ongoing liberation struggles — and, in some cases, outright co-opting of Black culture for commercial gain.

For the Black community, Juneteenth is a time for jubilation, restoration and pride in Blackness. For White and non-Black people of color, the holiday represents an opportunity to begin or recommit to the work needed to combat anti-Black racism — and to pursue meaningful reparations by supporting Black resilience in our communities.

Below are a number of upcoming events and opportunities to celebrate Juneteenth, along with pathways to action and resources for further learning throughout the year. Supporting Black land stewards is one of the many ways you can join in our mission to end hunger and its root causes, and we hope you’ll get involved as a donor or volunteer!

Juneteenth Celebrations and Events

White and non-Black people are welcome to look into the details of each event and reflect on whether or not it is an appropriate space to participate.

Actions, Resources and Opportunities for Support

Black people and allies alike are encouraged to check out opportunities to support and get involved with Black-led organizations and businesses.

As always, if you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, know that food is available to all who need it. Check out our FoodFinder app for pantries, free food markets and meal sites near you.

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