On Juneteenth, Americans join nationwide rallies to celebrate end of slavery

The June 19 holiday, recognized by 47 states and D.C., has also been called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” or “Freedom Day,” marking the oldest-known commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S.

The term Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and 19th.

Union soldiers in Texas told enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865 that the civil war had ended and that they were free.

“So with all of the conversation around racial equality and justice in the united states, a lot of people are turning to juneteenth as a symbol, as a way they can celebrate and honor the sacrifices that african-Americans have made in the united states and around the world,” said Jesse Holland.

“There has been an effort to try to make Juneteenth a federal holiday and or a state holiday for decades. Jumpcut this is why more and more people are talking about it, because, frankly, a lot of people didn’t know it exists.”

This year, Juneteenth has gained more prominence amid protests against police brutality and racism.

In Atlanta, people gathered at the centennial Olympic Park in an event organized by religious groups.

Hundreds of faith leaders and activists filled up the streets of downtown Chicago.

And in New Orleans, people flocked to the congo square as they called for racial equality.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order – recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees and said he will propose legislation next year to make it an official state holiday.

President Trump issued a statement saying Juneteenth is both a remembrance of a blight in America’s history and a celebration of the nation’s unsurpassed ability to Triumph over darkness.

Days before, he also tried to take credit for making the holiday ‘very famous.’

He said before he rescheduled his first campaign rally since the pandemic — from June 19 to June 20 — no one knew about Juneteenth.

Trump was slammed for the original timing of his event — considering that police brutality and racial justice are still happening under his watch.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Trump supporters are already lined up outside the bok center in Tulsa, eager to be the first ones to get in for trump’s campaign rally on Saturday.

This — amid fears of the coronavirus spreading in a 20,000 seater arena because Trump’s campaign officials have refused to follow safety measures from the centers for disease control and prevention.

Meanwhile, Trump is expecting defiance outside the bok arena on Saturday and he issued yet another controversial tweet early Friday, saying all rioters, looters and protesters will be dealt with.

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    20 June 2020 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    TRUMP rally in TULSA, OKLAHOMA was scheduled on June 19, but SEN TIM SCOTT went the WH to postpone it because it is JUNETEENTH Independence Day. They moved the first MAGA campaign on SATURDAY, June 20, at BOK ARENA, 1.2Million made the reservation, but the arena can only accommodate 20K seats, and it is also Social Distancing maybe they will allow 10K to get in. They cordoned 5 blocks in Oklahoma and they install different TV stages to accommodate the 1.2 Million attendee. Oklahoma is a Democrat control State, and 25% are Democrats that signed in for the ticket. On the 5th block that is where you can get a ticket and mandatory COVID testing on the audience that enter the Arena. 6 Trump staffers were tested positive not allowed to join the rally. Because of DACA TRUMP campaign speech will have a different approach.