Juneteenth is a day of independence for African Americans to celebrate the remaining slaves gaining freedom. Recently, I read an article about Juneteenth and I want to acknowledge this important day for everyone to learn about another piece of Black History. Nowadays in the black culture, we are constantly tearing each other down and the younger generation does not know about the long struggle our ancestors fought for freedom. So, after days of research, I am sharing ways we all can show our appreciation for Juneteenth.
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Listen to Jazz, blues, or Zydeco music
Juneteenth musicians and bands play Jazz, Blues, and Zydeco during concerts and/or celebrations for the holiday. Many Cajun instruments include the violin, frottoir (a foil sheet scratched usually with spoons), and accordion are used to perform jazz and zydeco music. In Louisiana, we have zydeco groups like Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, The Revelers, famous blues musician Tabby Thomas, Henry ‘Red’ Allen, jazz player Louis Armstrong, and many more.
Here is a playlist of jazz, blues, and zydeco music is below from YouTube:
Combination playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSdTjFuOnkg
Zydeco Junkie – Chubby Carrier
Rockin’ Tabby Thomas – Swamp Man Blues
Louis Armstrong- Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
Henry ” Red ” Allen – Wild Man Blues
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Share the culture
On January 31, 1865, Congress passed the 13th Amendment to abolished slavery in the United States and allow black people to become American citizens. The date, June 19th, represents the Juneteenth holiday because, in 1865, the U.S. state of Texas announced on June 19, 1865, the abolition of slavery. This action was only completed two years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the civil war ending on May 13, 1865. Texas was the last remaining state to not let any remaining slaves free. After the war, the general and troops surrendered to the law. Since then, African American families celebrated June 19th as their Independence Day of freedom.
Cook food associated with the holiday
Many families barbeque for Juneteenth and cook mostly pork chops, hamburger patties, hot dogs, and more. Also, soul food is associated with this holiday. If you think about it, this holiday is almost like Thanksgiving, but we are celebrating freedom instead of shopping for markdown merchandise. Older relatives may tell stories about their families living on a plantation and teach the younger generation about using our freedom to a create a voice for change.
Attend a Juneteenth festival (many are during the weekend before June 19)
Many Southern cities have a Juneteenth Festival for the public to come out and celebrate Juneteenth. For example, if you live in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, they have a Juneteenth Festival actively happening now. Food, games, and relaxing in the outdoors are a part of celebrating Juneteenth. In addition, this is a great opportunity to invite your friends out for some fun and learn more about African American culture.
In conclusion, Juneteenth is a day of unity for all African Americans. Our ancestors fought for many years to gain emancipation from involuntary servitude and live as U. S. citizens. This celebration includes music, food, and attending festivals to influence appreciation for our society progressing to a non-racist world. In 2018, we are still learning more about unknown black history by historical figures, or undiscovered geniuses. We can progress forward by acknowledging the past and demand a better future by teaching ourselves and the young people.
For more information about Juneteenth, please visit the website below: