2020 marks 150 years of celebrating Juneteenth, yet many Americans are not familiar with the history of the day. As we strive to educate ourselves and one another about the history of Black Americans, CP shared resources internally with our teams and wanted to make them externally as well.
What is Juneteenth?
In the United States, June 19th is celebrated as Juneteenth, the day that Black People in Texas got word that the U.S. Civil War was ended, the United States had defeated the rebelling confederacy, and the system of slavery was destroyed. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863 – a full two and a half years before the enslaved Black people living in Texas received the word that they were free citizens on June 19, 1865. The Juneteenth holiday celebrations trace back to 1870. This year, 2020 marks the one hundred and fiftieth year of the celebration.
For a more history and information, visit these resources:
• Roland Wiley’s History of Juneteenth (short documentary on YouTube)
• minnesotahistory’s Juneteenth: Freedom At Last (short documentary on YouTube)
• Juneteenth National Registry
• Juneteenth, A Brief History Lesson
Community Psychiatry is committed to supporting access to mental health care for all Californians.