By Ashley Berry, HQ, 06/19/2022

Growing up in Texas, Juneteenth was celebrated in my community each summer with parades, picnics, and reflection. Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The roots of this holiday are traced to Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 when African Americans there received news that they were free.

On this Juneteenth, I encourage all of you to reflect on our nation’s past. Below you will find links to clips, books, and more that will break down the significance of Juneteenth and ground you in the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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