Earlier this week, President Biden finally made it official: Juneteenth is a federal holiday. Also known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day and Liberation Day, Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. That national day of freedom could have taken place when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, however, slaves in Texas were not granted their freedom until June 19, 1865.
Today, we not only recognize and celebrate that historic day, but also honor African-American history, culture and progress. It is indeed progress that Juneteenth is now a federal holiday, but we still have a long way to go in this country in terms of freedom and equality for Black Americans.