HomeIX. Miscellaneous African American History (example: Juneteenth)

IX. Miscellaneous African American History (example: Juneteenth)

Juneteenth - Known to some as the country's “second Independence Day,” Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War. For more than 150 years, African American communities across the country have observed this holiday. Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021. The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth tells the story of how in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamations went into effect. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas.

Meaning of the Sankofa bird

The “Blackbirds”: The story of the first All-Black Aerobatic Team

Willa Brown’s Fight for Inclusion by Dennis K. Johnson

Green Book

Map of Virginia showing the distribution of Virginia’s slave population from the census of 1860.

History of the Black Anthem

10 Million Names Project