Juneteenth – level 3

21-06-2024 07:00

Juneteenth is observed on June 19 each year and marks the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans.

It became a US federal holiday in 2021 after President Joe Biden signed the bill. Initially, it was a regional holiday in the South; however, it gained nationwide prominence after the 2020 protests over the police killings of African Americans such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The day is celebrated with parades, marches, and festive meals, but also observed quietly to honor those who suffered due to slavery. Despite its federal status, not all states recognize Juneteenth. State legislation is required to make it a permanent holiday. Juneteenth also highlights ongoing racial tensions and inequities in the US, especially in education and justice.

Juneteenth combines the words June and 19th and commemorates June 19, 1865, when a Union general informed enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, of their freedom under President Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Although Texas declared it a holiday in 1980, today at least 28 states and the District of Columbia recognize it.

Difficult words: emancipation (the act of freeing someone from slavery), prominence (being famous, important, or noticeable), inequity (unfair difference).

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