Local Virtual Juneteenth Celebrations In San Diego
Today is Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, slaveholders in the South continued to hold African Americans captive. And then on June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with enough troops to force the last slaveholders to free their slaves. Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom, achievement and education, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.
One activist said, “No matter our color or our creed, no matter where we come from or who we love, today is a day to find joy in the face of sorrow, to count our blessings and hold the ones we love a little closer. And tomorrow is a day to keep marching.”
Local virtual Juneteenth celebrations are taking place in San Diego! Click HERE for the full list!