Juneteenth is one of the most important dates not only in the history of the United States but also in the history of humanity. Also known as National Independence Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is a federal holiday that is celebrated in the US on June 19 every year. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African American people. June 19, 1865, is the day General Order No.3 was released, which freed the enslaved people in Texas. Today, Juneteenth is a celebration of Black culture, history, and lives. 300Magazine wishes you and your family a happy Juneteenth 2023!
300Magazine Wishes You a Happy and Joyful Juneteenth 2023!
The earliest celebrations of Juneteenth go back to 1866, a year after emancipation. A new boom in the popularity of this holiday was seen in the 1970s, when June 19 started being more closely associated with celebrating freedom and African American arts. In 2021, Juneteenth became a federal holiday, which meant people were officially off work for the entire day.
Some traditional festivities that people participate in on this day include family gatherings, street fairs, historical reenactments, and, of course, parties, festivals, and other events related to the theme. Juneteenth is a day of both happiness and grief: people express the joy of being alive and free with each other, they also remember those who came before them and fought to achieve this freedom.
On Juneteenth 2023, 300Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to art, simply cannot go without talking about amazing African American artists. If you are not someone who regularly celebrates this holiday, it is a great idea to spend this weekend supporting your local Black artists. Look up art-related events in your area, which coincide with the celebration, and visit them to spend your day off in an educational and fun way. If you are looking for specific artists to check out on this day, consider looking into work by Aminah Robinson, a revolutionary and visionary artist who told the stories of Black people throughout history using her colorful paintings and mixed media pieces.
Of course, African American art is not a monolith and cannot be described in generalized terms. The modern Black culture is based on many different cultures that enslaved African people brought with them, so it should be viewed as a complex, diverse, and beautiful thing.
300Magazine hopes that you have a wonderful Juneteenth 2023!