UCSF Celebrates Juneteenth

June 30, 2024
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UCSF Celebrates Juneteenth Freedom Day

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an important holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19th each year to mark the day in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No. 3, officially proclaiming freedom for all enslaved African Americans in the state. This momentous occasion came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Juneteenth serves as a powerful reminder of the struggle for freedom and equality, as well as an opportunity to reflect on the enduring legacy of African Americans and their contributions to the fabric of American society.

Juneteenth was officially recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, making it the 11th federal holiday in the United States. This recognition signifies the importance of Juneteenth in American history and represents a step towards acknowledging the struggles and achievements of African Americans. The designation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday reflects a broader effort to promote racial justice, equality, and inclusivity in the nation. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing work needed to address systemic racism and ensure that all Americans are treated with dignity and respect. The significance of Juneteenth continues to grow, as more states recognize it as an official holiday and efforts are made to raise awareness about its historical importance.

Learn More: Juneteenth history, books, and videos presented by UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital


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