Usher, Ludacris, Selena Gomez, and more celebrities spoke out in celebration of Juneteenth, asking for it to be recognized as a national holiday.
July 19 1865 is considered the official end of sl-avery when Union Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas to tell the ensl-aved of their lib-eration, two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Eman-cipation Procl-amation.
Many Bla-ck Americans refer to the important date as their Independence Day.”It is ours to honor the legacy of our ance-stors, ours to celebrate and ours to remember where we once were as a people. And it should be a national holiday, observed by all Americans,” Usher wrote in an essay for The Washington Post.
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“Recognizing Juneteenth as a national holiday would be a small gesture compared with the greater social needs of bl-ack people in America,” he continued. “But it can remind us of our journey toward freedom, and the work America still has to do.”Appearing on “The Talk,” Ludacris spoke about the importance of celebrating the day.
“This Juneteenth is going to be more emotional than any Juneteenth thus far. And, I think a lot of people are getting educated that may not have understood exactly what Juneteenth was about,” the rapper began. “It is a reminder that our ance-stors did not give up hope.”
“There’s so much that can be said in terms of when sl-avery ended, and how we were left with nothing but — just rise above it and continue to make something of ourselves and just the history of greatness and them not giving up.”People just need to celebrate that — whether, if you’re having a celebration, the same as the Fourth of July, in terms of freedom, because Juneteenth is my Fourth of July.”
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Selena took to her Instagram to post an emotional message thanking Bl-ack leaders for educating the public about existing rac!sm and the need for Juneteenth to be made into a national holiday.
“I am blown away with your knowledge, eagerness to teach, and commitment to ensuring Bla-ck voices are not silenced,” she wrote. “Educating ourselves is the first step if we hope to make any progress in bringing an end to systemic rac!sm.”
“Please take the day to have conversations with your family and friends about the importance of Bla-ck Lives Matter and how we all need to join together to ensure equality and justice and then continue these conversations every day!”
President Barack Obama shared a powerful message, writing on Twitter, “Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most pai-nful parts of our history, change is possible––and there is still so much work to do.”
to be young, gifted, x black!!!! 😍😍🤎🤎✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 happy Juneteenth everybody!! pic.twitter.com/89EZQ0pTEL
— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) June 19, 2020
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Frank Harts, Brian Michael Smith, and Aurora Perrineau explained the history and significance of July 19 in a video for the FoxTV Instagram.”Fear the Walking De-ad” star Colman Domingo gave a history lesson on Twitter about the day and encouraged people to “wear the color red, dri-nk so-da p-op and eat barbecue” in celebration.
When the country took to the streets this month, an activist and author spoke up and gave a powerful voice to the movement. Her name is Kimberly Jones, and Steve spoke with her about what inspired the passion behind the incredible viral video and how to find hope in the pain. #juneteenth #liftblackvoices
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Chloe x Halle shared a video of the late Nina Simone singing her “Young, Gifted and Bla-ck” single as they captioned it, “happy Juneteenth everybody!!”On his Facebook Watch show “STEVE on Watch,” Steve Harvey posted a special Juneteenth edition where he interviewed Bl-ack ac-tivist Kimberly Jones, whose video regarding Bl-ack Lives Matter prot-ests went viral recently.
Taylor Swift let her 86.5 million Twitter followers know she was giving her employees June 19 the day off as a holiday from now on while she continues to educate herself “on the history that brought us to this present moment.”
“For my family, everything that has tra-nspired recently gives us an opportunity to reflect, listen, and reprogram any part of our lives that hasn’t been loudly and fer-ociously a-nti-rac!st, and to never let privilege lie do-rmant when it could be used to stand up for what’s right.”Elon Musk followed suit, tweeting that Juneteenth is now a holiday at Tesla and SpaceX.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 19, 2020
And Kelly Clarkson opened her talk show by highlighting the special day and giving a rousing rendition of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by the late Etta James, who “inspires” Clarkson.Keep reading below for more posts embracing Juneteenth as a national holiday.
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