Why Juneteenth 2020 is the Most Important Juneteenth Yet

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — June 18, 2020 — 2 min read
Each year, Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19 in remembrance of the day those who were enslaved in Texas heard that they had gained their freedom. 

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and shared the news. Two years earlier, President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring an end to slavery—though that proclamation did not actually free those enslaved in the Confederate slave states.

The Movement Toward Social Justice

As we celebrate and remember the importance of Juneteenth, we must also realize that racism is not over. We are still fighting the same problems many black communities have faced for over 150 years.

However, the wheel of history is turning.

Smartphones are making it easier to record injustices. The internet is allowing people to learn the history they may not have learned in school. Social media is helping ordinary people plan massive, peaceful protests.

Many of those who have lived through the Civil Rights era say the June 2020 protests are even more powerful than the Civil Rights protests of 1968. Why? Because those in the streets have millions of Americans standing in support behind them.

Hope for the New Civil Rights Movement

This year, Juneteenth will be taking place during what will be known as a turning point in American history. While there is still racism and police brutality, there is also renewed hope for a just future.

The protests, though scary and sometimes violent, are working. Laws are changing. Businesses are showing their support for the black community. Those who are not directly affected by racism are now paying attention.

Most Americans now support the movement to end police brutality, and each day brave individuals of all races protest peacefully on behalf of African Americans. There has been a shift in the culture and the narrative. And maybe by next Juneteenth we’ll be in a new—better—chapter of American history.

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