Freedom Day is a historical event that deserves recognition and celebration. It is a monumental day that marks the freedom that finally came on June 19, 1865, for more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state of Texas. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth”. We were thrilled to be able to host a Juneteenth celebration for the students at the Hope Center and share the history of such an important day. We had decorations and activities that allowed students to learn about the facts and events of Juneteenth, along with the historical and cultural importance. Students were asked to participate in a small lecture and art activity to help educate and commemorate Juneteenth.
The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times. It has long been recognized in the African American communities, but still remains an important National holiday that many Americans do not know about, especially young people. Being a holiday that occurs in the summer, students do not get the same attention and education opportunities for Juneteenth, which is one reason it is something we like to make sure is celebrated at the Hope Center. Juneteenth is a day that everyone should remember, recognize, and celebrate. The students enjoyed learning more about Freedom Day and we were honored to celebrate with them.