Juneteenth celebrates the abolition of slavery in Texas and throughout the south, recognized as a state holiday in 45 states. Celebrants may participate in parades, rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties, reenactments and even Miss Juneteenth contests!
Readings of the Emancipation Proclamation and recitation of poems and singing of meaningful songs are also popular.
“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou:
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
Popular Celebratory Food
Barbecue * Collard Greens & Sweet Potatoes * Red Soda * Tea Cakes