Juneteenth – level 2

21-06-2024 07:00

Americans celebrate Juneteenth on June 19 each year. It became a US federal holiday in 2021, thanks to President Joe Biden.

The day remembers the freedom of enslaved Black Americans. It started in the South but became more known after the 2020 protests when the police killed George Floyd and others. People celebrate Juneteenth with marches and parties. Some states still don’t have this holiday because there is no law for it. Juneteenth also reminds us of racial problems in the US.

Juneteenth combines the words June and 19th. On this day in 1865, a general told slaves in Galveston, Texas, that they were free. It happened years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Texas made it a holiday in 1980. Now, it is a holiday in at least 28 states and Washington, DC.

Difficult words: enslave (to make someone a slave), recognize (to accept officially), racial (relating to a race).

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