In the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, “nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”
On June 17, 2021,
Juneteenth became the 11th holiday recognized by the federal government. The historical moment was over a century and a half in the making and remains the longest-running African American holiday.
First celebrated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth commemorates the moment tens of thousands of enslaved people first learned that they were free. Although emancipation wasn’t instantaneous, many newly freed Black people began communal festivities that would evolve into the jubilant observances we see today.
As celebrations, which span community-led discussions and demonstrations to people enjoying red food and beverages under the Juneteenth flag rife with deep meaning, get underway across the country, it’s important to remember and honor its rich significance. The holiday provides an opportunity for all Americans to center Black culture and the Black experience for a day in recognition of the depth and complexity of African American history and its implications for us all.
A number of resonant voices (from the past and present) have helped keep the holiday’s significance at the forefront. That’s why we’ve rounded up inspirational quotes to commemorate Juneteenth. Let these powerful messages inspire you to celebrate and amplify Black voices today and every day after.
Diego Wyatt is the lead brand strategy lead for One North, crafting compelling stories that cut through the static. As a creative director, he is committed to creating forward brand experiences for clients in the arts and entertainment sector.
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