Juneteenth Day 2022, is a day not just celebration, but a promise to make a world of equality, and equal opportunities to all. The day marks the end of slavery in the United States is commemorated on Juneteenth Day (US).
As the United States marks only the second federally recognized Juneteenth, Black Americans living overseas have embraced the holiday as a day of reflection and an opportunity to educate people in their host countries on Black history.
A year ago, Joe Biden, signed the legislation to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday—the first new federal holiday since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day nearly four decades ago. Juneteenth marks both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and a promise of a brighter morning to come.
Juneteenth Day 2022; A reminder of our extraordinary capacity to heal, hope and emerge
It is a day of profound weight and power that reminds us of our extraordinary capacity to heal, hope, and emerge from our most painful moments into a better version of ourselves. Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments. They confront them to grow stronger. And that is what this great nation must continue to do.
In Liberia, Saqar Ahhah Ahershu, 45, from Jersey City, N.J., is organizing the country’s first “Journey Home Festival.” “Because this is part of that hidden African American history that still hasn’t been completely unpacked,” he said in Monrovia.
Liberia, Africa’s oldest independent republic, was founded by freed slaves repatriated to West Africa from the United States in 1822, exactly 200 years ago this year. This weekend’s event will include a trip to Providence Island, where former slaves settled before moving into what is now mainland Monrovia.
Juneteenth, or Juneteenth Independence Day, has been observed by African Americans since the late 1880s to commemorate freedom and equal rights. President Joe Biden of the United States signed the law in 2021, making June 19 a federal holiday.
Only 18 states in the United States, however, have approved legislation to make funding available to make it a paid holiday.
On June 19, 2022, President Joe Biden, while observing the Juneteenth Day, said, “Juneteenth is a day to reflect on both bondage and freedom — a day of pain and purpose. It is, in equal measure, a remembrance of both the long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and a celebration of the promise of a brighter morning to come.
President of US says it’s not enough to just commemorate Juneteenth. Emancipation marked the beginning, not the end, of America’s work to deliver on the promise of equality. To honor the true meaning of Juneteenth, we must not rest until we deliver the promise of America for all Americans.
Biden added, That is why Vice President Harris and I have appointed leadership in the federal government that looks like America. Our Administration is taking a whole-of-government approach to advance equity and racial justice and address the lasting impacts of systemic racism on Black communities.
It is also a day to celebrate the power and resilience of Black Americans, who have endured generations of oppression in the ongoing journey toward equal justice, dignity, equal rights, and equal opportunity in America,” NDTV reported.