The history of Juneteenth

Story posted June 19, 2023 in CommRadio, News by Brendan Conroy

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — June 19 is not only another day, but it represents what some consider the second wave of independence in America.

“Juneteenth” is a federal holiday that focuses on the freedoms and former injustices that people of color once had to face in this country.

Although the emancipation proclamation was issued in 1863, there were still some enslaved people working in some of the Confederate states. On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced the freedom of over 250,000 enslaved Black people. Later that year, the ratification of the 13th Amendment would grant universal emancipation.

For many African Americans, this day is considered another “4th of July” celebration, as it represents the resilience and strength they had to endure while living in this country.

Many states will hold parades and celebrations to honor those who take part in recognizing this day in history. These events are meant to show the importance of culture and its prominence throughout the country.

This day will be forever celebrated across the country and will continue to teach important lessons to students and educate those who still have more to learn.

Brendan Conroy is a fourth-year studying broadcast journalism. To contact him, email him at