Juneteenth is a wonderful way to celebrate with African Americans the slave emancipation and African culture that is tightly interwoven into the fabric that ALREADY makes America great. Juneteenth - June 19, 1865 - is the official day the slaves in Texas learned they were free. This is a day in the African American culture where we celebrate our freedom from one of the most atrocious periods in American history - chattel slavery. This holiday is primarily celebrated in the southern states however, I'm sure there are some festivities planned for today by my Northern neighbors.
How can I celebrate and acknowledge this event today you ask - great question! One way to celebrate the liberty of your fellow Americans is by checking locally to see what celebrations and festivals may be taking place and go check it out. Go meet new people, have new experience, try new foods and immerse yourself in this unique experience. Listen to the music, take in the stories and allow the emotions that are connected to this sacred day for your fellow Americans to wash over you and experience THEIR joy.
Another way you can celebrate in the coming days, if you can't get away today, is by visiting a local museum focused on African American Heritage. Here in North Carolina there is an International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro in a former Woolworth building https://www.sitinmovement.org. If you are in Atlanta there is The National Museum for Civil and Human Rights Museum where you can have a seat at a counter, put some headsets on and listen to the vile words that were spewed at young blacks who were demanding basic human rights in their home country https://www.civilandhumanrights.org. If you are in our nations capitol you can visit the newly opened Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture https://nmaahc.si.edu. Alabama now boasts a museum and memorial to those who endured and survived slavery by putting the horror and inhumanity of our country's past on full display for all to view and experience https://museumandmemorial.eji.org.
You may be asking why should I care or why does this matter to me, I'm not black. You should care and it should matter because of the great contributions of blacks that helped make and keep this nation great. You should care and it matters because everyone has benefited from people of African descent being here. It should matter and you should care because this culture I celebrate is your culture too.