What is the Significance of Juneteenth?

Today, June 19th, is what is known in (some) Black communities as Juneteenth, and as an elder, it falls upon my consciousness to explain what this means.

Deemed the single most pinnacle of his achievement in office, Abraham Lincoln signed a document entitled the Emancipation Proclamation in an effort to abolish slavery in 1862, which became law on January 1, 1863 and thereby needed to be enforced by all white people owning slaves.

In part, the Proclamation reads that “all persons held as slaves [within the rebellious states (mainly…