June 19th aka Juneteenth marks the day that the abolition of slavery was announced in Texas on June 19, 1865, bringing an end to slavery in America. Of course, there’s more to the story after the proclamation but that’s a very long story that can more easily be summed up in the Blackish episode “Juneteenth.”
For those of us looking to celebrate this day like many of our fellow Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo or St. Patrick’s day, we compiled a list of ways you can commemorate Juneteenth this year.
Spread the word…the easy way. This is the easiest one of the list and can literally do it with almost zero effort. Visit @blackgirlfinds on Instagram and repost our cute little Juneteenth picture. Your followers may have never heard of Juneteenth, so you spreading the word is automatically helping the cause.
Spread the word…the more aggressive way. If you’re looking for something a little more aggressive to get the point across, we recommend finding a playlist of your favorite negro spirituals and blasting them out of your car windows as you drive through the most congested part of your city. Aggressive? Sure. Effective? Hell yes.Take part in a community celebration. Nothing says Juneteenth like a nice black gathering. Chances are, there’s a cookout, day party, or festival going on near you. I googled “Juneteenth Los Angeles” and tons of events in the area popped up. If you’re looking for something more lowkey, invite a group of friends over and celebrate your blackness together.Research your history. Piecing together a family tree and tracing back our roots is difficult even in the internet age, so take advantage of a DNA kit and find out where your ancestors originated. 23andMe and Ancestry.com are always running promos on their kits (23 and Me is currently offering 25% if you purchase a kit before June 25.) I personally utilized the 23andMe kit, however, I was a little disappointed since the results didn’t provide me with specific countries where my ancestors were from. Instead, it gave me regions such as West Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa where my family lived before the whole slavery thing. If you really want to discover your roots and find out what tribe your family is from, AfricanAncestry.com claims to find this information for about $300.