A few days after the promulgation of the text that made June 19 a national holiday, Americans celebrated the abolition of slavery on Saturday in several major cities.
With walks, barbecues, music and speeches, the United States celebrated the “June Festival” on Saturday, June 19, which is the anniversary of the end of slavery in this country. It is now a holiday one year after George Freud’s death.
His murder triggered a grassroots campaign against racism and police brutality against African Americans in the United States and other regions. Among other things, mobilization helped to greatly increase the visibility of “June.” Many Americans, including African Americans, did not even know this two years ago.
An acronym for the two words “June” and “19” in English, this date marks the day when the last slaves on an island in Texas learned of their freedom on June 19, 1865. “June” has always been a milestone date for the liberation of African Americans. On Thursday, US President Joe Biden passed a law that made June 19, 156 years later, a national holiday.
The holiday since 1866, this year’s “June” is even more so, because it is also the first national event to be celebrated without health restrictions, and most of the effective measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic have been cancelled in recent weeks.
From New York to Los Angeles, passing through Galveston Island, Texas, hundreds of events have been planned throughout the United States. This is considered a symbolic place for “June”.
In Washington, since the death of George Floyd triggered massive anti-racist protests, hundreds of people have celebrated the anniversary by dancing on the avenue leading to the White House, which was renamed “The fate of a black man is also a fate square.”
Kevin Blanks, a 29-year-old black educator, came to fight racism on Saturday “Still deeply rooted in the DNA of this country”Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman… listed the names of many iconic figures in the American African American liberation struggle on his T-shirt.
“Our ancestors fought very hard”, 51-year-old Danique McGuire abounds and he makes sure “The Road Is Long” Before African Americans were truly free in America.
A poll released by the Gallup Institute on Tuesday still shows that 28% of Americans do not “do not know anything” de «June».
“Celebration is a bit surreal [cette journée] When we fight against national attacks” However, regarding the voting rights of minorities, local black Senator Sharif Street from Pennsylvania tweeted.